Malfunctioning Heater Triggered Reports of Active Shooter at North Carolina High School

Malfunctioning Heater Triggered Reports of Active Shooter at North Carolina High School

The county school system notified parents of a reported active shooter in a tweet.

Officials have confirmed the "active shooter" was, in fact, malfunctioning equipment.

James Rowell said the crews are still searching the building as a precaution, but they have not found any evidence of an active shooter.

Pender County Sheriff's Department could not give details of the shooting on Friday morning but a spokesman told DailyMail.com it was an active scene.

"There's no active shooter", said Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins, reported the StarNews in Wilmington.

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

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A malfunctioning water heater was to blame for the reports of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school.

Rowell with sheriff's office says there are no reported injuries. Parents should not bring students to these schools, according to Miranda Ferguson, Pender County schools spokesperson.

The television station also reported that students are being diverted away from the campus and being sent to a nearby Lowe's Foods grocery store while law enforcement officers investigate the report.

Topsail High School is located in Hampstead, located 20 miles north from Wilmington.

It shares a campus with a middle school and an elementary school.

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