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. Topsail Elementary, Middle, and High schools remain on lockdown.
An emergency dispatcher with the Pender County Sheriff's Office tells TIME that multiple units are on scene at the school as of 7 a.m. Friday.
Police responded to a call from Topsail High School near Wilmington at about 6.30am Friday.
Police said there are now no reports of injuries.
All schools in eastern Pender County were placed on lockdown. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire.
County commissioners told WECT-TV that the active shooter situation at Topsail High School may have been a malfunctioning water heater. He said the call said buses are being staged at Lowe's Food across from the schools. Staff members of those schools were asked to report to the same place.
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.
Topsail High School is located in Hampstead, located 20 miles north from Wilmington. All other schools have returned to normal operations.