Was there a test that day? Or is there a shortage of families that enjoy baking?
A strange smell that prompted a hazmat response at a Baltimore high school was found to have a seasonal, but not unusual, cause: a pumpkin spice air freshener.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School posted a statement on its website explaining students noticed a “strange odor” on the third floor of the school about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Officials evacuated the school and emergency personnel including the Baltimore City Fire Department’s hazmat team were summoned to investigate the odor.
“Five members of our community were transported to area hospitals as a precautionary measure,” the statement said. “After extensive testing, the BCFD determined that the building was safe.”
The fire department identified the source of the offending smell as a pumpkin spice air freshener.
“This plug-in air freshener that basically puts out the odor every so many seconds, and it’s a pumpkin spice, and that’s exactly what, if you go in there, you can smell, so it has been identified. It is not hazardous at all,” Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark told WBAL-TV.