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This story was updated at 1:05 p.m. March 27.

A lockdown of DuVal High School in Lanham was lifted Wednesday afternoon after police said they investigated a “generic report” of a gun at the school.

Cpl. Larry Johnson, a county police spokesman, said the lockdown was a “precautionary measure,” and that no weapons were found during their search of the building. Johnson said police had received a call spurring the investigation, but had no details as to whether it was from somebody at the school or a resident. “It was nothing catastrophic,” Johnson said. “We were just in the school making sure everything is cool, and from the info we’re getting from the scene, it looks that way.”

County school spokesman Briant Coleman said the Prince George’s County Police Department asked DuVal principal Alice Swift-Howard to place the school on lockdown. He said he had no further details about the matter, except that “all students and staff are safe.” After the lockdown was lifted at around 12:15 p.m., Coleman described the incident as a “false alarm.”

“We don’t know if there was an incident in the community or if it’s just a routine investigation,” Coleman said.

ewagner@gazette.net