Police responded Friday morning to reports of an active shooter at Topsail High School in eastern North Carolina, but officials later determined a faulty water heater was to blame, according to local reports. “There’s no active shooter,” said Pender County Emergency Management Director Tom Collins. “It’s a malfunctioning water heater.”
The county school system notified parents of a reported active shooter in a tweet. Authorities were alerted around 6:30 a.m., according to The News & Observer. School buses headed for the school were being diverted to a nearby Lowe’s grocery parking lot.