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Chemical Mishap Forces UPHS Evacuation
Written by Staff Report
2022-01-26

            A chemical release at the Upper Perkiomen High School pool early Wednesday afternoon forced administrators to close the building. Certain chemicals were inadvertently placed in the pool's filtration, resulting in a cloud of vapor that traveled to other parts of the school, according to information provided by district spokesperson Nicole Gum.

            Students were immediately relocated to the auditorium at the opposite end of the building, located at 2 Walt Road in Red Hill. Administrators began airing out the building and contacted local authorities, who dispatched a hazardous material team to the school, according to an email message from Principal Rob Carpenter to the UPHS Community.

            Emergency personnel were initially dispatched to the school at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters in air packs were seen setting up ventilation fans at doors leading to the pool and athletic wing of the building.

            Fewer students than normal were in school since it is in the midst of midterms, according to the information disseminated by Gum, who also said administrators have no reason to believe that the environment is harmful or dangerous in any way.

            All students who drove to school were dismissed early. Those who rode the bus were relocated to the middle school on Montgomery Avenue, where they waited for a ride home, according to Carpenter's message. Students returning from the Western Montgomery Technical Career Center were dropped off at the middle school.

            Firefighters from Red Hill, Pennsburg and East Greenville, Quakertown along with the Montgomery County Hazardous Material Response Team, arrived at the scene. They were joined by the Upper Perk, Harleysville and Plymouth ambulance crews.

            Emergency personnel remained at the scene as of press time. 


 

 

 

 

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