FAIRBURN, Ga. — A large portion of a Fairburn road was shut down for hours due to a false call alleging a hostage situation and shooting, Saturday night.

Police first received information of a possible hostage situation at about 9:30 p.m. in the area of Clay Street. The investigation led to the area being cordoned off as police investigated the claim that a child had been shot.

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The department worked for hours to clear the scene before confirming that the call they had received was false.

The scene was deemed safe just after 12:30 a.m., nearly 3 hours after police and several assisting agencies first responded.

Officials are now shifting the investigation to the false call and say the person who made it will likely face charges.