Odor forces evacuation at elementary school in Mint Hill

Odor forces evacuation at elementary school in Mint Hill
Lebanon Road Elementary School was evacuated for a short time on Tuesday, Sept. 17 due to an unknown odor in the school. (Source: Sharonne Hayes)

MINT HILL, N.C. (WBTV) - A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elementary school in Mint Hill was evacuated due to an odor Tuesday morning.

An employee detected an odor before 8:40 a.m. at Lebanon Road Elementary School, located on Lebanon Road off Lawyers Road. Firefighters, Medic and other emergency personnel responded to the school and all students and staff were evacuated for just under an hour.

Around 9:40 a.m., the evacuees were allowed back into the building, but were confined to the gym while crews cleared the school. An employee with CMS says the incident appears to be a false alarm in regard to a gas leak.

Within ten minutes, officials said the school had been cleared and students were allowed to resume classes.

“When I talked to the principal at the school, she said that someone had smelled something weird in one of the hallways and they called the fire department just to check it out and make sure it wan’t a gas leak,” said parent Melissa Blizzard.

There’s no word on what caused the odor.

No injuries were reported.

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