Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

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

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

Collins said a popping sound from the heater "sounded just like an AR-15 (semiautomatic rifle) going off", the newspaper reported.

In a statement to news channel WECT, George Brown, chair of Pender County board of commissioners, said: "There is a piece of equipment at the school that has been malfunctioning in recent days that makes noise".

Police were seen on the roof of the school shortly after the first reports emerged.

Live footage shows numerous law enforcement agencies now at the school where the scene remains active.

County official says reports of active shooter at school in North Carolina turn out to be malfunctioning water heater.

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

He said deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

Buses carrying pupils to classes have been diverted to a safe area.

Authorities in North Carolina have responded to reports of an active shooter at a high school.

No injuries were reported, the Star-News reported.

School buses have been corralled at the Lowes Foods parking lot across from the school campus.

It prompted evacuations and lockdowns at Topsail High School in the unincorporated town of Hampstead.

The call came in about 6:30 a.m. Friday of an active shooter at Topsail High School.

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