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Police say report of sounds of gunfire that put Centaurus High School on lockdown likely a false alarm

The school went on lockdown for several hours Wednesday but has since returned to normal operations.

LAFAYETTE, Colorado — Centaurus High School in Lafayette went on lockdown Wednesday as police investigated a report of shots fired in the school, which was later believed to be a false alarm, Lafayette Police (LPD) said. 

No harm to students or staff was reported, LPD said. A teacher at the school thought they heard shots fired within the school shortly before 10 a.m., prompting the lockdown, according to LPD. After completing two sweeps of the school, LPD said they believe the incident was a false alarm. 

The school was taken off lockdown status at about 1 p.m., and classes have since returned to normal operations. 

LPD tweeted that South Boulder Road was closed near the high school while police investigated the report. The westbound lanes of South Boulder Road near the school have since reopened, along with one eastbound lane, LPD said. 

Centaurus High School is located at 10300 W South Boulder Rd.

A lockdown takes place when there is a safety concern regarding a potential threat to a school. A lockdown will also be enacted if there is a perceived threat within the school. 

In a lockdown, students and staff are secured in the school, staff does not communicate and parents are not allowed on-site. Lockdowns are generally enacted when there is a serious threat. 

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