Pasadena high school evacuated due to chemical odor

December 09, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Some parts of Northeast High School in Pasadena remain off-limits as Anne Arundel County hazmat crews address a chemical odor that made seven students and staff feel ill, a county school spokeswoman said.

The school was evacuated at 9:20 a.m. and students and staff reentered the building at 10:30 a.m., said the spokeswoman, Maneka S. Monk. Some students are staying in the auditorium and cafeteria while crews address the problem.

"We plan on continuing our day some kind of way in terms of instruction," she said.

The affected students and staff complained of feeling light-headed and nauseous and were treated by the school nurse, Monk said. They reported feeling better once they left the building, she added, and no one was taken to the hospital for further treatment.

A revitalization project is currently underway at the school, and workers used a low-risk chemical overnight to remove an adhesive, Monk said.

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