High School Evacuated, Hazmat Team Called In…Because of Pumpkin Spice Air Freshener

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A strange smell flowed through the third floor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore on Thursday.

Students and teachers were baffled. Some began coughing. Others had difficulty breathing.

“It was a smell that they certainly weren’t used to,” said Bill Heiser, the school’s president, who was off-campus at the time. “It appeared to be getting stronger.”

The odor was so concerning that the school’s principal evacuated the building and the fire department was called.

After arriving, the fire department requested a Hazmat team, which ran several tests for hazardous materials, reports The Baltimore Sun. All of them were negative, according to Baltimore fire spokesman Roman Clark.

Officials said dozens of students were triaged at the scene.

Two students and three adults were taken to the hospital for evaluation.

As crews started opening windows and placing heavy fans inside the school, one of the firefighters discovered the culprit: a pumpkin spice air freshener.

Clark explained,

“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.”

But Heiser is not convinced, reports WBAL11:

“What they did is also, as a precaution, they used fans to kind of circulate the air, and when they circulated the air, they did smell an air freshener. We don’t know that that’s the cause. It certainly wouldn’t be uncommon to blow an air freshener and then get that smell,” Heiser said.

Classes at the high school resumed today. A statement on the school’s website noted that a counselor would be available to talk with students about the event.

Pumpkin spice mania hits the US every fall, and food manufacturers are infusing everything imaginable with the flavor, including but not limited to kale chips, meats, cheeses, potato chips, cereals, popcorn, beer, pasta, chewing gum, and…cough drops (yes, I am serious).

If all of that wasn’t a sign that the seasonal flavor obsession has gone too far, perhaps the air freshener incident is.

Chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain might have been onto something when he shared his thoughts on the craze last year…

“I would like to see the pumpkin spice craze drowned in its own blood. Quickly.”

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  • Milly Vanilly

    Pumpkin & all it’s spices will be banned from America…along with anything else that smells good.
    REALLY ?……It must have been some STRONG spice that students were actually evacuated to the hospital…..This is how hysteria works thanks to all the MSM propaganda.
    Maybe the military can use it as a new biological weapon, solders with pumpkins, spice grenades or maybe some laser targeted surface to air pumpkins…..Unfrackin’ believable..

    • darkhorse

      these days, it no doubt had the nano particles of aluminum, strontium and barium…

  • You’re talking about fanatic religious christians now, of course they would jump out of their shoes at the thought of the Witches national holiday “Ole Hallow’s Evening”.

    • darkhorse

      my favorite time of the year..we witchipoo Celts love it…commune with the ancestors and stuff…

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    Eventually, anything odorous will be considered a potential toxin.

  • The Tuna Fairy

    Those don’t “freshen” the air, they only overlay it with a different smell. Look at ozone machines if you want it actually improved. And open your windows! I went to someone’s house the other day, they have both been down with a respiratory infection for weeks now, the house was closed up nice and tight, and they smoke in there. Well, yeah, they won’t be kicking that infection any time soon.

  • SP_88

    Thankfully they will have a counselor available for students to deal with the traumatic incident.

    • Phil_Ossifer

      “Grief counselors” and “crisis counselors” or whatever are bring brought in for just about every type of assache you could think of. I got laid off a few years ago and part of the requirement for getting my severance was I had to meet with the “separation counselor.” What a friggin’ joke. This “counselor,” a stupid SJW woman half the age of most of us in the meeting was trying to tell us, most of whom had gone through about a half-dozen layoffs over the years, about how to fight “layoff depression” and a general feeling of worthlessness, etc. The only worthless person at that meeting was the so-called “counselor” who, I discovered later, was being paid about $250/hr. There’s good money in the “counseling” racket.

      • darkhorse

        naturally…the ZIOs took that profession over long ago…did she tell you that the universe would provide for you? and that your negative vibrations caused this loss?

      • SP_88

        Wow. It amazes me that a company who has to lay off workers is able to pay some airhead $250 an hour to bullshit the people they are laying off.
        It would however make sense for you to see a second grief councillor to help you cope with “moron anxiety” after having to listen to this shit.
        Do these people really take themselves seriously? Or are they aware that they are making good money to fill people’s heads with bullshit?
        What a racket indeed.

    • darkhorse

      as always…snowflakes

  • Rob

    God help them if some body farts.

  • darkhorse

    OH NO!!! NOT THE PUMPKIN SPICE….oh good god help us….