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After fireworks scare, police investigate shooting threat at Mainland High School

School placed on lockdown after reports of gunfire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three students are accused of setting off fireworks at Mainland High School, causing a gun scare that led to a lockdown on campus, according to Daytona Beach police.

Authorities said they were called to investigate around 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a report of shots fired on campus. The school was placed on lockdown until police determined that there was no shooter.

Authorities say firecrackers caused a shooting scare at Mainland High School.
Authorities say firecrackers caused a shooting scare at Mainland High School. (Daytona Beach)

Officials from Daytona Beach said they found fireworks in a stairwell and determined the firecrackers were the source of the shooting scare.

Three students involved in the incident are in police custody.

Officers said each student will face a misdemeanor of disruption of a school function and felony charge of bringing an explosive device onto school property.

No one was injured during the incident, Volusia County school district officials said. The school day resumed as normal a short time later.

After the chaos on campus Thursday, police said they were investigating a shooting threat toward the school.

“We’ve received numerous messages from the public about a threat making its way around social media regarding a shooting tomorrow at Mainland High School. We want to let you know that we are aware of it and are actively investigating it, including trying to determine the author,” Daytona Beach Police posted on Twitter on Thursday.

Officers said there will be a strong police presence on campus Friday, which marks two years since the deadly mass shooting at a high school in South Florida.


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