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Hazmat situation prompts students to take shelter at elementary school

More than three dozen students in Central Fresno are recovering. That's after chemicals from an apartment made them sick.
March 27, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than three dozen students in Central Fresno are recovering. That's after chemicals from an apartment made them sick.

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It happened around 12:30 Thursday afternoon at Ericson Elementary School.

Authorities say dozens of kids were on the playground during the lunch recess, when they began complaining of nausea and vomiting.

A hazmat crew was called out.

Firefighters determined a company was resurfacing a pool just west of campus. They say the chemicals in the air can be irritating and mildly toxic when inhaled.

The odors were cleared within about an hour and students were allowed to stay on campus until school let out.


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