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Feb 9, 2015

18:57:27 GMT--HAZMAT - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: HZ-20150205-46897-USA

Date / time: 05/02/2015 18:54:57 [UTC]

Event: HAZMAT

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of New York

Location: Richmond Hill [Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy ]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 21 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate



Description:



Nearly two dozen people were hospitalized after a possible HazMat situation at a school in Queens Thursday. The incident happened at Holy Child Jesus Catholic Academy on 86th Avenue in Richmond Hill. The FDNY responded to the scene, and a mix of about 20 students and staff were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Officials with the Brooklyn Diocese say that a faulty science project caused the issue. It is science fair week at the school, and one of the kids' projects caused a chemical spill that filled the science room with either a smoke or gas. Officials say 21 students in all were taken to local hospitals to be evaluated, but they are all OK. No teachers were sickened. The school was not evacuated, only the science room the kids were in. None of the children are expected to need to be admitted to the hospital, and all should be released. The victims suffered injuries ranging from inhalation to eye irritation. The school serves Pre-K to eighth-grade students.




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