NORTH HOLLYWOOD - A mishap in a North Hollywood high school chemistry lab caused a temporary campus evacuation and led to four persons being hospitalized.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by East Valley High School officials at 12:52 PM on Monday, June 11, 2012, to investigate the accidental release of chemical fumes within a third-story science classroom at their 5525 Vineland Avenue campus in North Hollywood.
Fire Department crews responded quickly to help coordinate a calm and orderly evacuation of students and faculty to the school's athletic field, as LAFD Hazardous Materials experts made their way to the chemistry classroom where the incident occurred.
According to witnesses, a teacher was performing a science experiment before a class of 45 students, when a sudden and unanticipated reaction produced noxious fumes. Immediately closing the container and placing it under a ventilation hood in the classroom, the teacher moved the students from the room as a precautionary measure. There was no fire, explosion or obvious injury to those who witnessed the reaction.
Students assembled on the athletic field as firefighters examined the school's gymnasium to assure it safe, before moving evacuees there as respite from the sun of a warm Spring day. The 45 students and teacher from the involved classroom were individually examined at the scene by Fire Department responders, including an emergency physician who serves as the LAFD Medical Director.
Two adults and two students with minor medical complaints were taken to an area hospital by ambulance for further evaluation.
The County of Los Angeles Fire Department Health Hazardous Materials Division, as well as Los Angeles Unified School District officials, will be handling the subsequent investigation.
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department