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Law enforcement officials are seen outside of a parking garage on the campus of Ohio State University as they respond to an active attack in Columbus, Ohio, on November 28, 2016. (Photo credit: PAUL VERNON/AFP/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio– Facebook activated its “safety check” feature after an attack at Ohio State University campus Monday morning. It was first described as an active shooter situation.

The campus was on lockdown, but shelter is place was lifted at about 11:30 a.m., OSU police said. Several people were injured during the incident.

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Facebook’s “safety check” allows users to alert friends and family they are OK during an attack or disaster.

The social media giant described it as “the violent incident in Columbus, Ohio.”

To check the status of your friends in the Columbus area, click here.

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