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Hazardous odor at Waiakea school 12-17-14

Hawaiʻi Police Department
South Hilo Patrol
Sergeant Darryel Tolentino
Phone: 961-2213

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police Officers and Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel responded to Waiākea Intermediate School this afternoon (12-17-14) at 1:08 p.m. for a reported hazardous odor which resulted in at least one person complaining of dizziness.

After a few minutes of searching the area for the source, it was concluded by Hawaiʻi Fire Department Hazardous Material Specialists that the origin of the smell more then likely originated off-site and was delivered by the wind. The smell had dissipated in a few minutes and left no apparent lingering effects or odor. An all clear for students and faculty was given at approximately 1:53 p.m.

The upper parking lot area, which had initially been closed off due to the checks, has been re-opened for normal student pick-up.