Burnley-Moran Elementary School is back open after a brief lockdown Friday afternoon.
The school was placed under lockdown for around 20 minutes after loud popping noises were heard nearby. An officer was at the school at the time, and Charlottesville police also responded.
Authorities talked to a witness who verified that the loud popping noises were from fireworks.
The school sent out the following email to parents, staff and the school board:
Today is Friday, September 6, 2013 at 1pm. Burnley-Moran Elementary School has been reopened following a brief 20-minute lock-down. Police are present and in the building; all students are safe. The lock-down was initiated as a precautionary measure after loud popping sounds were heard in the area. An officer was on hand as events unfolded, and additional officers from the Charlottesville Police Department soon gathered to verify from a witness that the popping noises came from fireworks. Counselors and appropriate staff are on hand to discuss the matter with students as needed. Thank you for your patience.