School Locks Down as Precaution After Report of Loud Popping

Sept. 6, 2013

Burnley-Moran Elementary School was briefly put on lock-down on Friday, after someone thought they heard gunshots nearby.

Police quickly realized that the noise was actually from fireworks.

School officials sent out a text message to parents and staff explaining what happened, which read:

"Today is Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1pm. Burnley-Moran Elementary School has been reopened following a brief 20-minute lock-down. Police are present and in the building; all students are safe. The lock-down was initiated as a precautionary measure after loud popping sounds were heard in the area. An officer was on hand as events unfolded, and additional officers from the Charlottesville Police Department soon gathered to verify from a witness that the popping noises came from fireworks. Counselors and appropriate staff are on hand to discuss the matter with students as needed. Thank you for your patience."

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