A Levittown man is facing charges related to a false active shooter report on campus earlier this month.
Noah Andress, 19, was charged with Terroristic Threats and Disorderly Conduct stemming from the incident on May 7.
A statement from the college revealed a triggered fire alarm prompted one man in the gymnasium to yell out “Active Shooter.” Police have identified Andress as the shouting man.
As it turned out, the entire circumstance was a bit of a fluke. Balloons floated up and activated a “beam detector fire alarm” in the gym.
Engineers place these alarms in elevated positions to detect rising smoke. Unfortunately, other objects crossing the light beam will also set off the alarm.
This led the BCCC alert system to send out a group of alarming texts and emails to the entire school community.
“Active Shooter. A possible active shooter event is being investigated by Security. Use extreme caution and avoid the area of Hicks and 3D Arts.” Officers and campus security promptly responded to the scene.
Less than five minutes after the first message, the alert system sent out a follow up. The second message clarified the situation was clear, and stated the original alert was “misreported.”
The Newtown Township Police Department and BCCC Security & Safety then initiated an investigation. They quickly determined campus was safe, then interviewed witnesses. These interviews brought them to Andress.
Magisterial District Judge Michael Petrucci released Andress on $50,000 unsecured bail.
WBCB’s Wes Champlin contributed to this post.