Faulty Equipment Likely To Blame For Active Shooter Response

Active shooter at North Carolina high school, police on scene: reports

Police are responding to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School in North Carolina Friday morning, according to local media.

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.

The sheriff's spokesman said law enforcement officers were still searching the campus as a precaution but preliminary reports indicate that it was faulty equipment.

There were no injuries as of 7:03 a.m., Pender County Sheriff's Capt. James Rowell told WWAY. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire.

All schools in eastern Pender County were placed on lockdown. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

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

Parents and students have been told to meet at a food store across from the school. The earlier report of shots fired provoked a massive response by law enforcement and caused the school district to reroute buses and put schools on lockdown.

"There's no active shooter", Collins said.

In May, an 18-year-old student was found in the school's parking lot with a large knife strapped to his leg and three other knives.