IMAGE: Michigan Sugar

A Bay County factory went into lock down early Wednesday morning after security reported hearing gunshots, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said.

At just after 4 a.m. Sheriff Officers responded to Michigan Sugar Company to investigate possible shots fired on the property.

Both the factory and packaging facility were locked down while officers searched the property. Employees were kept inside the facility.

Sheriff Troy Cunningham said deputies didn't hear or see anything, but concluded it may have been illegal hunting.

Employees at Michigan Sugar had reported seeing coyotes in the area recently, Cunningham said.

After deputies cleared the area, Michigan Sugar's security team and safety officials made a complete sweep of the property and found nothing damaged or out of the ordinary. 

The lock down lasted just about a half hour and employees were again able to come and go freely.

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