First responders from multiple Lake Minnetonka communities responded to a report of a car through the ice Friday night.
It turned out to be a false alarm.
First reports of a car through the ice overtook radio traffic around 9:30 p.m. Posts on Twitter and Facebook followed shortly. Police clips posted radio traffic of the response—which included a helicopter, hovercraft, K-9 and dozens of officers and deputies.
The response was in reaction to at least one witness seeing what they said were brake lights disappearing east of Excelsior Beach.
In the end, all Friday night's adrenaline turned into was some potentially valuable practice under real-life conditions.
The scene was cleared around 11 p.m.
In just the last 48 hours both Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources have issued strong safety warnings focusing on unstable ice conditions.