Heater malfunction mistaken for gunfire at high school

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School officials in North Carolina are making preparations to get the school day started late after a report of an active shooter at a school turned out to be malfunctioning water heater.

When deputies arrived, they heard the sound of gunshots.

An active shooter was reported at around 7 a.m.at Topsail High School.

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

A SWAT team searched the building and every school in the east of the county was placed on lockdown, but no gunman was found and no injuries were reported.

Parents are being told to pick up their students at the Lowes Foods and to bring proper identification.

All schools in the area were put on lock down and emergency protocols put in place.

Reports said that a malfunctioning heater sparked the reports of an active shooter.

Authorities were alerted around 6:30 a.m., according to ABC11, The News & Observer's media partner.

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

WECT reported that officers and deputies from the Topsail Police Department, the Pender County Sheriff's Office and UNC-Wilmington were at the scene, and the school campus was sealed off. It has around 1,300 students enrolled.

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