Active shooter at Topsail High School may have been malfunctioning water heater

Active shooter at Topsail High School may have been malfunctioning water heater

The sound of gunshots which prompted reports of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school may have been caused by a malfunctioning water heater.

WTVD reports the call came in at about 6:30 a.m. Friday morning.

No injuries were reported, the Star-News reported.

Topsail High, Topsail Middle, and Topsail Elementary remain on lockdown as of 8:41 a.m., according to Pender County Schools spokeswoman Miranda Ferguson.

Armed police stormed a high school in North Carolina after noises made by a malfunctioning heater were mistaken for an active shooter.

Parents and students are gathering at a Lowe's Foods across the street, WECT reports.

The county's emergency management director, Tom Collins, agreed, telling the Evening Standard the noise coming from the heater "sounded like an AR-15 going off".

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

Parents planning to take their children to school this morning are asked not to do so at this time since all schools are on lockdown. Regardless, officials are taking the situation very seriously to ensure everyone's safety.

It prompted evacuations and lockdowns at Topsail High School in the unincorporated town of Hampstead. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

School buses headed for the school were being diverted to a nearby Lowe's grocery parking lot.

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