East Haven School Temporarily Goes Into Lockdown Due to Firecracker Scare

Momauguin Elementary School briefly went into a lockdown mode after what sounded like gunshots were heard outside the building Monday morning. And a car fire at East Haven High School earlier in the morning also occurred.

With tensions high at schools all across the country following Friday's horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Momauguin Elementary School in East Haven temporarily went into lockdown Monday morning after what sounded like shots being fired outside the building were heard.

The school is at 99 Cosey Beach Avenue.

Once on the scene, however, officers found that the sounds were not gun shots but instead fireworks that were set off in the area, East Haven Police told Patch.

A call and message left by East Haven Patch early Monday afternoon with Momauguin School officials has not yet been returned.

Car Fire at the High School

In addition to the lockdown, a car fire at East Haven High School, 35 Wheelbarrow Road, early Monday morning also raised some concerns.

The fire, which was reported shortly before 7:30 a.m., occurred after the vehicle began to smoke as a mother was dropping her daughter off at the school for the day, East Haven Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Carlson told Patch.

Both passengers, however, were able to get out of the car before it actually caught fire. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the blaze, Carlson said, adding that there were no reported injuries.

Although the incident is still under investigation, the battalion chief noted that there was nothing malicious about the car fire's cause, but simply some sort of mechanical issue with the vehicle.

Mike D December 17, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Why was it not reported to parents that a lockdown occurred?
Mike D December 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I also would like to know why it wasn't reported that a student at the high school was going around with a list of people they wanted to kill? My wife was told after calling the school that everything was ok. This student did the same thing a few years ago and we were never told.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Mike: I was able to confirm last night that police were aware of the rumors circulating about a list, but that was it. The Register, however, has a report up now that town officials do not believe the rumors are credible or that there is such a list or a threat to the high school. I've updated the post above. Just an FYI.
JJ4 December 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
It not whether they believe or not, it's what they should be investigating to know what is true. Every threat should be takin seriously & they should bring the student in along with the parents & ask the right questions now, instead of the incriminating questions later.
Mike D December 18, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I think the town of East Haven likes to dismiss a lot of things wether they are true or false. Regardless if the rumor was the truth or not , there was no lockdown or notification at all. The longer residents are kept in the dark, the more things get worse in this town. The East Haven PD knew about "hunters" illegally hunting in heavily populated areas and dismissed it. DEP has resulted to giving tickets to these hunters when they can actually catch them and face no criminal charges after getting caught repeatedly. This is just one thing but there are plenty more things that don't make the news or even the blotter.


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