Popping balloons caused report of active shooter at U-M, police say

Posted: 6:09 PM, Mar 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-18 17:28:25-04
Report of possible active shooter on University of Michigan campus

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — Police said girls popping balloons appears to have caused the report of an active shooter on the University of Michigan campus Saturday afternoon.

According to police, the active shooter alert went out at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and police responded quickly. By 5:30 p.m., the university's division of public safety said that," there does not appear to be an active threat to the community."

Police say that they were having a vigil for the victims in the New Zealand shootings on the diag and perhaps balloons got popped, which scared an already alert crowd.