School evacuated due to pumpkin spice air freshener


HOO, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: A pallet load of pumpkins is seen in the field at “PYO Pumpkins” on October 4, 2017 in Hoo, England. The company began in 2009 and allows families to visit the site to pick their own pumpkins, ahead of Halloween events on October 31. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A Baltimore high school was evacuated Thursday after students reported a “strange odor,” which turned out to be a pumpkin spice air freshener.

USA Today reports the fire department’s hazmat team arrived to the school Thursday afternoon, and staff and children were evaluated by EMTs. Five people were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

“It’s always best to take precaution, call 911, let us–we are the experts–come in and make sure that everything is safe, so we have no problem with them making this call,” fire chief Roman Clark said.

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