(This was recently published on the front page of USA Today.)
“Pumpkin spice air freshener prompts Baltimore high school evacuation”
“A high school in Baltimore was evacuated Thursday afternoon over an odd smell that prompted fire and hazmat officials to arrive on campus. The source?
A pumpkin spice air freshener, fire officials told local media.
At around 2:30 p.m., students noticed a “strange odor” on the third floor, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School said in a statement on itswebsite.
“It was a smell that they certainly weren’t used to,” School president Bill Heiser, who was not on campus during the incident, toldThe Baltimore Sun. “It appeared to be getting stronger.”
Students were evacuated shortly after and the Baltimore fire department’s hazmat team entered the building. Several students and staff were evaluated by EMTs, and five were taken to the hospital as a precaution, the school said.”