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Officials say malfunctioning water heater made sounds like gunfire at North Carolina school

5 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Friday, November 09 2018 Nov 9, 2018 November 09, 2018 6:35 AM November 09, 2018 in News
Source: WBRZ
Photo: WECT

HAMPSTEAD, N.C. (AP) - A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina turned out to be a malfunctioning water heater.

News reports quote Pender County emergency management director Tom Collins as saying that noise from the water heater was taken for the sound of gunfire at Topsail High School on Friday morning. 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.

Capt. James Rowell of the Pender County Sheriff's Office was quoted as saying in local reports that deputies swept the school but found no evidence that any shots had been fired. He said deputies did find an HVAC unit that was malfunctioning and making sounds similar to gunshots.

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