Police: blown transformer mistaken for shots fired

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — North Charleston Police confirm the loud noise that led to reports of shots fired on Friday morning was actually a blown transformer.

Officers responded to the call at 7:44 a.m. on West Enterprise St. near Lackawanna Blvd. in North Charleston, according to Charleston County dispatch.

Charleston County School District temporarily placed four nearby schools on code yellow lockdown, meaning administrative lockdown with shelter is in place. The lockdown was lifted soon after police discovered there were no gunshots.

The schools placed on lockdown include:

  • Academic Magnet High School
  • Charleston County School of the Arts
  • North Charleston Creative Arts
  • Liberty Hill Academy


People who live in the area told News 2 they are not surprised whoever dialed 911 jumped to the conclusion that the loud bang was gun shots. “It’s North Charleston. It’s kind of typical around here.”

One man says he’s heard the real deal multiple times so he is not surprised by the confusion. “I live right around the corner and I’ve heard shots fired as early as late afternoon, in the middle of the night. It’s just kind of something that happens around here”

A woman told News 2, even though it turned out to be something simple, she is glad that the schools went on lockdown. “Being that I have children who are school age and with all the stuff we have going on, I think that the school was right. They did the right action to protect the children because you want to always err on the side of caution to make sure that the children are protected.”

According to the Charleston County Coroner’s office, 22 people have died as a product of gunshot wounds in 2016. The most recent happened two days ago on September 7.

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