Law enforcement was responding on Friday to active shooter situation at a high school in North Carolina, local media reported.
WECT News 6 reports that Topsail High School, Topsail Middle School, and Topsail Elementary School are in lockdown.
Ferguson said there was a report of an active shooter at Topsail High School on Friday morning after noises were heard coming from the top of the building.
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.
Armed police stormed a high school in North Carolina after noises made by a malfunctioning heater were mistaken for an active shooter.
Pender County Emergency Services believe the gunfire sound was actually caused by a malfunctioning water heater.
The water heater was reportedly damaged during Hurricane Florence.
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There were no reports of injuries and students were not due to report to class until 8 a.m.
Parents and students were told to meet at a food store across from the school.
Williams also praised law enforcement officials for their quick response.
"There's no active shooter", Collins said. According to its website, school begins at 8:30 a.m.
It prompted evacuations and lockdowns at Topsail High School in the unincorporated town of Hampstead.
In May, an 18-year-old student was found in the school's parking lot with a large knife strapped to his leg and three other knives.