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Fumes Believed From Nearby Refinery Sicken 2 At Paulsboro High School

PAULSBORO, N.J. (CBS) – Hundreds of students at a South Jersey high school had to be evacuated for a nearly an hour this morning because of fumes believed to have originated at the neighboring Valero oil company refinery.

Paulsboro School District superintendant Dr. Frank Scambia says about 630 students in grades 7 through 12 were evacuated to the school’s football stadium this morning when a sulfurous (“rotten egg”) smell began filling the high school at 8:45am.

One female student and one guidance counselor were sickened by the odor, evaluated at a nearby hospital, released, and returned to the school.

The school building was aired out and ventilated by local fire crews.  Shortly after 9:30am students were allowed to return to classes.

No one at the Paulsboro-based Valero refinery was immediately available, so there was no immediate confirmation that the refinery was the source of the fumes.
Reported by Al Novack, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Rachel

    I am a student there. More or less, we never usuall smell the air from the refinery. But every once in awhile, you can really smell it. I was in the band room breaking down the bulletin board, and my friend said “Oh my God it really stinks!” And eventually about a minute later, I could smell it too, and it was so bad, I gagged. You could smell it all over the building. Teachers were shutting windows, which only trapped the air in there. We were just happy this happened today, when it was cooler, and not yesterday when it was 90 degrees!

  • Dave

    Paulsboro always smells horrible due to the refineries in the area. I don’t know how people live there – I guess they’re used to it…

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