'Faulty mechanical equipment' to blame for active shooter reports at Topsail High

10 November, 2018, 11:44 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Topsail High School

A North Carolina official says that reports of an active shooter at a school in the southwestern part of the state turned out to be a malfunctioning water heater. "It's a malfunctioning water heater".

Faulty mechanical equipment making a sound that resembled gunfire is believed to have led to calls of an active shooter situation at Topsail High School.

Our sister station WECT reports the Pender County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding an active shooter around 6:30 a.m. Friday. No injuries have been reported.

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". The students were evacuated, several area schools were put on lockdown, and busses en route were diverted to park safely away from the campus while law enforcement investigated.

Hampstead is about 20 miles north of the city of Wilmington.

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In a news release, schools spokeswoman Miranda Ferguson wrote that buses were being rerouted.

According to WWAY, the school district announced that all schools on the eastern side of Pender County are on lockdown.

It shares a campus with a middle school and an elementary school. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

Buses for those three schools are being staged at the Lowe's Foods across from the schools, and parents have been notified they can pick up their bus-riding children there.

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