Drivers have been left stunned by a new roundabout built in their town after noticing it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star from Star Wars.
Locals in Coalville, Leicestershire, spotted the unusual traffic island being installed on Grange Road by housing developers last week.
From the ground the unassuming roundabout just appears to feature ornamental walls with a single solitary tree.
But the force was strong with some residents who noticed that from an elevated position it looks just like the evil Galactic Empire’s space station and superweapon.
Drivers have now joked of their fears that the ‘Coalville Death Star’ had descended on their town from a galaxy far far away.
Teaching assistant Christie Bankhurst, 36, who lives in the town, said: ‘I’m a big fan of the films so to get our own Death Star is really exciting.
‘Hopefully it doesn’t spell too much trouble for Coalville, although the shopping centre could do with being knocked down and rebuilt.
‘I just hope our Death Star doesn’t suffer the same fate as the one in the films as it’s a really cool addition to the area.’
Other locals took to social media to react to their new roundabout with one person quipping: ‘Be a shame for X-wings to blow up Coalville.’
Another added: ‘You wouldn’t want to over shoot that roundabout, you might get obliterated by the super laser.’
A third commented: ‘Sometimes see some sinister characters in black hoodies hanging about round there. It must have been Darth Vader and the Emperor though.’
The Death Star was made famous by the Star Wars films – first appearing in ‘Episode VI: A New Hope’ in 1977.
It was a galactic space station and superweapon capable of destroying planets and was led by Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin.
The Death Star was created to blow up the planet Alderaan with its powerful superlaser before it was later destroyed by Luke Skywalker.
A second partially-completed Death Star appeared in ‘Return of the Jedi’ in 1983 before that too was destroyed by the Rebel Alliance.
The roundabout’s likeness with the famed space station is not a coincidence though and is a deliberate homage to the town’s links with Star Wars.
The area once made toys for the sci-fi film franchise at the Palitoy factory until it closed in 1994.
Councillor Ozzy O’Shea, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: ‘One of the planning conditions for the Grange Road housing development was that the developer come up with a landscaping scheme for the roundabout and the green space in front of the houses.
‘The Death Star themed roundabout is rather unusual and we are pleased to see it is now fully operational -but not armed!
‘It is a great way to celebrate Leicestershire’s heritage – Palitoy, which made Star Wars figures for the UK market, employed hundreds of local people over many decades.
‘The roundabout has been funded by the developers, Harworth Estates, and although we will adopt it after 12 months, as part of the highway, they will continue to be responsible for its maintenance.’Internet Explorer Channel Network