Emergency alert at USF Tampa activated because of popping balloons

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – An emergency alert was activated on the University Of South Florida website Friday afternoon. It turned out, popping balloons were to blame.

The alert system on the USF website warned about police activity at Cooper Hall on the USF Tampa campus. According to the alert, there is no threat to the community, and people can continue their normal activities.

USF spokesperson Adam Freeman explained there were two classes at the labs of the Cooper Hall. One class had an assignment that involved popping balloons. The other class mistook that for gunfire and called 911.

When police arrived, they determined quickly that there was no active shooter on campus and no threat to the student body, Freeman said.

Stay with WFLA for more on this developing story.

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