Rowell said deputies swept the school but found no evidence that any shots had been fired.
According to Commissioner George Brown, a piece of equipment at the school campus, a water heater, has been malfunctioning in recent days, emitting a sound similar to gunfire. "Law enforcement responded immediately and it has been determined there is no shooter and no weapon". Topsail Elementary, Middle, and High schools remain on lockdown.
A malfunctioning water heater was to blame for the reports of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school.
- A report of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school sparked a large law enforcement response Friday morning, according to the Pender School System.
All schools in the area were put on lock down and emergency protocols put in place.More news: The queen asks Meghan's mom to spend Christmas with the royals
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The school district said that parents who planned to drive their children to school should not do so.
Topsail High School is located in Hampstead, located 20 miles north from Wilmington.
No injuries were reported, the Star-News reported.
Our sister station WECT reports the Pender County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding an active shooter around 6:30 a.m. Friday. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.
Students that were already on buses were transported to the Lowes Foods across from the school.