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

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

Rowell said deputies swept the school but found no evidence that any shots had been fired.

It was not immediately clear what caused the water heater to malfunction.

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.

A Pender County dispatcher told Reuters that deputies were responding to a situation at a local high school, but could not elaborate.

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.

Police are responding to reports of an active shooter at a North Carolina high school.

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Pender County schools posted on Twitter that all campuses on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.

Buses carrying pupils to classes have been diverted to a safe area.

Captain James Rowell told WECT the school remained an "active scene" but that there were no reported injuries.

Topsail High School is located in Hampstead, located 20 miles north from Wilmington. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

Two Topsail High School students were arrested in May after allegedly bringing weapons onto campus, including one student who went to school armed with a semi-automatic rifle.

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