Nearly 10,000 students in Fairfield, Connecticut are being sent home after gun and bomb threats forced all 17 of its public schools to go on lockdown Friday.

Police say they received a call shortly after 9 a.m. about a possible armed hostage situation, but responding officers could not find the address and now believe it was a hoax.

As police were dealing with that, threats were phoned in to three schools. Two involved bombs, and in one call, a man said he was approaching an elementary school with an M16 rifle, the Hartford Courant reports. It adds that nearly 10,000 students go to Fairfield public schools.

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