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


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

However, after police investigated the scene, they determined there was no active shooter and that the noises heard inside the school were from a water heater that was loudly malfunctioning. Police were seen on the roof of the school shortly after the first reports emerged.

James Rowell with the Pender County Sheriff's Office confirmed there were no reports of injuries Friday. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire.

Pender County schools posted on Twitter that all campuses on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown.

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

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

All of the schools in the district have been placed in lock down.

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

But WECT News reported that there may have been some students on campus when the incident was reported around 7 a.m. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m. A 16-year-old boy who authorities say armed himself with a semi-automatic rifle after hearing about that potential attack also was arrested.