2017-03-16 / Schools

Hazmat team responds to Newbury Park High School

Staff calls in fire department after batch of old chemicals found in science building
Acorn Staff Report

A hazmat team was called to Newbury Park High School this morning after school staff discovered a small batch of old chemicals inside a science class storage room and decided to contact the Ventura County Fire Department.

Though the chemicals were properly stored in a sealed container, staff reported the find at 9:49 this morning “out of an abundance of caution,” district spokesperson Kim Gold said in an email.

Once on the scene, VCFD ordered an evacuation of the school’s C building until firefighters determined there was no danger present.

“All was fine . . . so we kicked it back to the sheriff’s department and the school, which was contacting its normal vendors so they could come out and remove the chemical,” fire department spokesperson Heather Sumagaysay said.

No students or staff suffered any exposure and no gas was released, Gold said.

The substances were used in science labs in the past but are not among currently approved lab materials.

“We are following proper county protocol for removal and disposal of these chemicals,” she said. “Ventura County Fire Department Hazmat and Ventura County Environmental Health are on campus taking care of the situation.”

“We apologize if the sight of fire trucks on campus caused alarm or confusion,” Gold added.

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