LANCASTER – Around 9 a.m. Friday morning, Lancaster Sheriff Station received several reports of gunfire near Mariposa Elementary School. The school was placed on lockdown and more than a dozen deputies responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, they learned that the noises may have been fireworks, which were set off near Avenue H-6 and Fig Avenue, the intersection closest to the school.
“The information that we have right now is that they were fireworks and not shots fired…” said deputy Curtis Foster of the Lancaster Sheriff Station. “One of the teachers at the school said that they saw smoke and what they saw looked to be fireworks near this intersection.”
Deputies did not find fireworks or evidence of gunfire at the scene, and no injuries were reported or arrests made in connection to the incident, Foster said.
Within 30 minutes, the lockdown was cleared at Mariposa Elementary, Foster said.
The incident remains under investigation.
All fireworks, even those that have been deemed ‘Safe and Sane,’ are illegal in the City of Lancaster.