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UPDATE: False Alarm in Laurel

Laurel Police said 'gunshot' sounds were actually fireworks coming from a home near Main Street.

UPDATED 6:05 p.m.

Sounds like gunshots heard near Main Street in Laurel were actually fireworks, according to Laurel Police.

Police are now saying that the shots heard were actually fireworks coming from a home along Prince George Street. Residents and witnessess from the nearby PNC Bank mistakenly reported hearing gunfire and seeing a man with a smoking gun. But when police searched the home, they found only an elderly woman and her caregiver.

SWAT teams from Prince George's County and Greenbelt had been on the scene assisting Laurel Police during the investigation. Residents said Old Town Laurel was flooded with cruisers while police closed off Prince George Street to search the home.

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Laurel police were on the scene of a reported home barricade after shots were reportedly fired inside a residence near the intersection of Fourth Street and Prince George Street.

The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m., with police still responding to the scene. Police activity could be seen on Main Street and near Laurel Elementary on Montgomery Street.

Laurel residents took to Facebook describing a chaotic scene near Main Street.

"I live on Montgomery and there are cops everywhere, swat team, heavy artillery trucks. Its very scary! Hope everyone is okay," said one reader on the Laurel Patch Facebook wall.

Details to follow.

Morgan Prince George January 06, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Can you confirm, or deny, that PNC bank was part of this spectacle? Ie: Was it, in fact, robbed?
Joshua Garner January 06, 2012 at 03:37 AM
We've received no reports indicating that PNC was robbed.
Morgan Prince George January 06, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Thank you for your response. I live on PG and, matter of fact, am so very close to the house that was under surveillance. On of the originating "reports" was that the bank had been robbed. There a few many versions, all coming from credible resources.


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