Fireworks Trigger Lockdown at Blair High School

Montgomery County Police say that the reports of gunshots at the Woodmoor Shopping Center Tuesday afternoon that triggered a lockdown at Montgomery Blair High School turned out to be fireworks.

According to an MCPD spokesperson, officers responded to gunshots at the Woodmoor Shopping Center at approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Montgomery Blair High School was placed on lockdown shortly thereafter until approximately 1:30 p.m. Students were asked to shelter in place until 1:40 p.m. when it was determined that the incident was caused by fireworks, not gunshots.

“Blazer Families: A letter is on the way to you soon regarding today’s emergency,” Blair principal Renay Johnson said on Twitter. “Students & staff are safe on campus. Thankfully, the emergency was fireworks in the business community not gunfire. I want to thank @mcpnews for their quick guidance & response to our school today.

“We will have dismissal as scheduled today,” Johnson continued. “Lockdowns can be unsettling for students and staff, our counselors and administrators are available for support.”

Photo: G. Edward Johnson, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons (h/t @MoCoPGNews @CordellTraffic @Silver_Chips)

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