Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, every Bucks County Community College student received an alarming text. Fortunately, the college confirmed the situation was completely clear less than 10 minutes later.
“Active Shooter,” the first text reads. “A possible active shooter event is being investigated by Security. Use extreme caution and avoid the area of Hicks and 3D Arts.”
As people scrambled to check on friends and family, the alert system sent out another message. It confirmed the initial report was “misreported.”
Later Tuesday, BCCC posted on social media to clarify the situation. The post confirmed there were no shots fired and no injuries.
“The incident remains under investigation and we regret any anxiety that members of our campus community may have experience,” BCCC said.
Reports indicate the situation was the result of a series of unfortunate events. First, balloons in the gym floated upward, and triggered a “beam detector smoke alarm.” The alarm is light based, meaning any object obscuring its light beam could trigger an alarm.
Once the alarm sounded, an unknown person with a male voice yelled, “Active shooter!”
The Newtown Township Police Department and campus security investigated the incident. They found no evidence of any danger.