Malfunctioning water heater prompts active shooter report at NC school

Lester Mason
November 9, 2018

The Pender County Sheriff's Office responded to the call around 6:30 a.m., followed by numerous units neighboring from law enforcement agencies.

Students were evacuated without any injuries and buses already on the way to school were diverted to a safe location.

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

Reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School are said to be due to faulty mechanical equipment.

Brown said that apparently there is a defective steam water heater that causes a piece of equipment to slam shut, causing a loud noise that sounds like gunfire.


A parent told WWAY the school district announced that all schools on the eastern side of Pender County are on lockdown. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.

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.

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

Pender County Sheriff's Department could not give details of the shooting on Friday morning but a spokesman told DailyMail.com it was an active scene.

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