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Faulty equipment blamed for American school 'active shooter' report

Police cordoned off the area for hours.
Police cordoned off the area for hours.

Faulty equipment was blamed for an "active shooter" alert at an American high school.

Pender County Sheriff’s Office said officers responded to “reports of an active shooter” at Topsail High School in the town of Hampstead at around 7am.

All schools in the area were put on lock down and emergency protocols put in place.

Captain James Rowell told WECT the school remained an “active scene” but that there were no reported injuries.

WECT reported officials with "bomb squad" on the back of their jackets were at the scene and the area was cordoned off for hours to allow investigators to carry out searches.

Parents and students were told to meet at a food store across from the school.

Later officials said the incident was caused by a malfunctioning water heater. It was reported a piece of equipment had been malfunctioning over recent days which made a sound like gun fire.

It incident comes just a day after a shooting in California.

America media reported there have been over 300 mass shooting incidents since the start of the year.

Thursday's Thousands Oaks shooting - which claimed the life of 12 people - was the worst the country had seen in 12 days, it was reported.

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