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Heater malfunction mistaken for gunfire at high school

Heater malfunction mistaken for gunfire at high school

County officials say a malfunctioning water heater caused noises confused for the sounds of gunshots.

A parent told WWAY the school district announced that all schools on the eastern side of Pender County are on lockdown.

Faulty equipment was blamed for an "active shooter" alert at an American high school.

"Pender Sheriff's Office is actively investigating a report of an active shooter at Topsail High School".

"There's no active shooter", Collins said.

Topsail High School, Topsail Middle School, and Topsail Elementary School were all put on lockdown.

Reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina were unfounded, Pender County emergency management director Tom Collins told news outlets Friday.

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Williams said he has heard the sound personally and can understand how someone might hear it and make a report.

Buses already on route to South Topsail Elementary, North Topsail Elementary, and Surf City Schools will deliver students to those schools, which are lockdown.

The Topsail High School campus is shut down, with all access roads barricaded by law enforcement.

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.

Authorities were alerted around 6:30 a.m., according to ABC11, The News & Observer's media partner.

Topsail High School is located in Hampstead, located 20 miles north from Wilmington.


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