Pumpkin Spice Air Freshener Causes Entire School Evacuation

A private school in Baltimore with roughly 350 students and 50 teachers was forced to evacuate because of a “strange odor.”

Turns out that strange odor was none other than a pumpkin spice air freshener. Yep. The scent that seems to sweep in the wonder season of Fall had 400 people in a frenzy.

According to administrators at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, they began evacuating people after the “strange odor overpowered the third floor” and “appeared to be getting stronger.”

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Hold up. Wait a minute. You mean to tell me that there is an air freshener somewhere out there that can affect an entire floor?! I light three candles in my living room just for enough scent.

Fox News reports:

As the HAZMAT team of the Baltimore City Fire Department bounded in to test for dangerous materials, local firefighters began opening all the windows, and stumbled upon the source of the trouble: an aerosol air freshener plugin in a third floor classroom, espousing a pumpkin spice scent.

While the property was safe, emergency personnel took two students and three adults to the hospital for ailing stomachs, Baltimore fire spokesman Roman Clark told the Sun.

“Better to be safe than sorry,” Clark said. Likewise, Heiser knew that the quick decision to evacuate Cristo Rey was the right one.

Heiser said, “I think the best thing to do, if there’s any concern and you have a school of 350 students and you have 50 teachers and staff, is to be safe.”

The school website posted that a counselor would be available to students:

Mrs. Sylvia Doud, our School Counselor, will be available to meet with any students that may need to talk about today’s events. I would like to thank our faculty and students for their patience and leadership. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Reap.

They returned to business as usual the next day, without even skipping a beat.

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