Santa Fe High School was locked down for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon after a report of popping sounds was initially feared to be a possible shooting on campus.

The high school, 16000 state Highway 6, was placed under lockdown about 12:30 p.m., meaning no one was allowed to enter or exit except police, according to the Santa Fe Independent School District.

Authorities had received a report of loud sounds believed to be gunshots fired outside of the school, authorities said. The school district put the campus on lockdown as a precautionary measure and followed its crisis management plan, Assistant Superintendent Patti Hanssard said.

While under lockdown, police searched the school and grounds for evidence of bullets or a shooting and determined there was no threat to students or staff, Hanssard said. The lockdown was lifted by 1:45 p.m., she said. Authorities had not found anything during the sweep of the school, according to the sheriff’s office.

“No one is injured,” Capt. Douglas Hudson of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said during the search. “It was reported that a teacher thought they might have heard gunshots, so they’re clearing the school and seeing if there’s any evidence or anything true to that statement.”

The sheriff’s office assisted Santa Fe police with the search, he said. Santa Fe police confirmed no arrests had been made, but directed other questions to the school district.

The school district acknowledged the incident had created anxiety for students and parents, particularly amid concerns about school safety after 17 students and staff were killed in a Feb. 14 shooting at a Florida high school. Many parents arrived to the school during the search after learning it had been placed on lockdown.

“In light of recent tragic nationwide events, we realize that this incident was especially concerning for our students, staff and parents,” Hanssard said. “We appreciate your support as we continue to focus on providing a safe environment for all our students and staff.”

School will resume Thursday on a normal schedule, according to the district.

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