Students were evacuated without any injuries and buses already on the way to school were diverted to a safe location.
A report of an active shooter at Topsail High School sparked law enforcement response Friday morning.
A county official says reports of an active shooter at a school in North Carolina turned out to be malfunctioning water heater.
Collins told Starnewsonline.com that popping noises heard at Topsail High School early Friday were from a "malfunctioning water heater".
WRAL reports there was a heavy law enforcement presence at the school, which is located at 245 N. Saint Johns Church Road in Hampstead, when the reports of an active shooter first surfaced.
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Pender County schools posted on Twitter that all campuses on the eastern side of the county are on lockdown.
According to local news outlets, this is the second time this year the high school has had reports of a gun-related incident.
WTVD reports the call came in at about 6:30 a.m. Friday morning.
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.
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