UDPATE: McGrath soft lockdown lifted; filming believed to be cause

McGrath Elementary School, Newhall. Dan Watson
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By Emily Alvarenga & Vivianna Shields

Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary School went on a brief soft lockdown Wednesday morning, after reports of loud noise in the area.

The lockdown was lifted minutes later as officials confirmed the source of the noise that prompted the lockdown was believed to be filming in the area, according to Superintendent Jeff Pelzel, who was coordinating with McGrath’s principal.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies still quickly responded to the school after “popping sounds” were heard in the area, according to Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

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