No gunshots fired at North Carolina high school

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

Pender County Schools said in a statement, "There has been a reported active shooter situation at Topsail high School".

The active shooter call came in at 6:30 a.m. ET at Topsail High School, Fox46 reported.

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.

The high school is in the town of town of Hampstead and part of Pender County, around 177 kilometres southeast of the North Carolina's capital, Raleigh.

But WECT News reported that there may have been some students on campus when the incident was reported around 7 a.m.

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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.

All Pender County schools in the eastern part of the county are on lockdown.

"Law enforcement responded immediately and it has been determined there is no shooter and no weapon", Pender County schools said via its Twitter account. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

The school is located near the coast in Hampstead, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Wilmington.

It shares a campus with a middle school and an elementary school.

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