Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at Topsail High School

Sheriff: Reports of active shooter at Topsail High School

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.

Students were evacuated without any injuries and buses already on the way to school were diverted to a safe location.

Commissioner George Brown told WECT that there is a piece of equipment at the school that has been malfunctioning recently and sounds like gunfire when it makes noise.

The Pender County Sheriff's Office will be holding a news conference this morning with an update.

The high school is in the town of town of Hampstead and part of Pender County, around 177 kilometres southeast of the North Carolina's capital, Raleigh. "Law enforcement responded immediately and it has been determined there is no shooter and no weapon".

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According to the school website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

Topsail High, Topsail Middle, and Topsail Elementary remain on lockdown.

Our sister station WECT reports the Pender County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding an active shooter around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

All schools in eastern Pender County were placed on lockdown. A 16-year-old boy who authorities say armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle after hearing about that potential attack also was arrested.

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