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Pumpkin spice air freshener causes school evacuation and hazmat response

The school was evacuated after students and teachers detected a strong smell on the third floor and some had trouble breathing.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon.

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Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon.

BALTIMORE — An unusual smell prompted an evacuation and a hazardous materials response at a Baltimore high school. But after five people were taken to the hospital complaining of upset stomachs, fire officials discovered the source of the smell: a pumpkin spice air freshener.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon after students and teachers detected a strong smell on the third floor. Several people reported difficulty breathing.

The fire department and a hazardous materials team were called. Fire spokesman Roman Clark said two students and three adults were taken to the hospital for stomach ailments.

Then, firefighters located a pumpkin spice air aerosol plugged into an outlet in a classroom.

Classes at the school resumed Friday.

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