Official: School lockdowns result of false alarm

POSTED: 8:11 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 12:15 PM Sep 23 2013
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

Three Onslow County schools were put on lockdown because of what sounded like gunshots. But it turned out to be a false alarm.

According to a school official, Northside High School, Jacksonville Commons Middle School and Jacksonville Commons Elementary School were all put on lockdown Monday morning. But the sounds that prompted the lockdowns turned out to be a tractor backfiring, the official said.

The lockdowns did not last longer than 10 minutes, the school official said. Classes have since resumed.