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Pumpkin spice air freshener causes school evacuation in Baltimore

HAZMAT team called to scene
Posted: 2:04 PM, Oct 05, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-06 15:47:46Z

BALTIMORE -- A Baltimore high school was evacuated Thursday afternoon after reports of a strange smell, which later was identified as a pumpkin spice air freshener.

A HAZMAT team was called to the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School after students complained about the odor. Two students and three adults were hospitalized due to "ailing stomachs," according to the Baltimore Sun.

The "hazardous substance" was found on the third floor as students and staff waited outside.

"Emergency medical technicians evaluated several staff members and students, some of whom were treated on the scene. Five members of our community were transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure," a statement on the school's website reads.

The school says its counselor will be available for any students who "may need to talk about today's events."