North Carolina Active Shooter School Was A "Faulty Water Heater"

Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene: reports

Law enforcement has responded to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School Friday morning, authorities said.

"There's no active shooter", the Fayetteville Observer quoted Pender County, North Carolina, emergency management director Tom Collins as saying.

Officials and citizens alike are on high alert following a string of recent mass murders in the US, which might contribute to the explanations behind a recent string of false active shooter reports.

Deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

The school is still on lockdown as a precaution, according to the Pender Schools Twitter page.

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Commissioner George Brown said a piece of equipment at the school has been malfunctioning in recent days and sounds like gunfire when it makes noise. Topsail High, Topsail Middle, and Topsail Elementary remain on lockdown.

WECT News 6 reports that Topsail High School, Topsail Middle School, and Topsail Elementary School are in lockdown.

James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff's Office confirmed there were no reports of injuries Friday.

Many buses were still on their routes at the time of the reported incident. Parents who wish to pick up their bus riding student will be able to do so at Lowe's Foods. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

Topsail High School is located in Hampstead, located 20 miles north from Wilmington. All other schools have returned to normal operations.

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