BENNINGTON, Vt. — Police say reports of an active shooter that lead to the shutdown of a Vermont government complex turned out to be a false alarm.

The Bennington Banner reports ( ) the State Office Complex in Bennington was placed under lockdown for 45 minutes Monday.

Bennington Police Chief Paul Doucette says the lockdown came after a state employee heard two loud pops and thought they were being shot at. Doucette says another witness heard the sounds as well and said it sounded like gunshots.

Police were able to determine the sounds came from an object that broke through the window of a state employee’s vehicle.

Doucette says safety glass, which is installed in most current cars, sounds like gunfire when broken.

Information from: Bennington Banner,

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