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Propane odor prompts second day of school evacuation

By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN
Published January 25, 2007


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RUSKIN - Ruskin Elementary School students will spend the rest of the week in class at Lennard High School as a result of problems stemming from a propane leak.

Wednesday marked the second day that students were evacuated from Ruskin Elementary, this time to Lennard, after the smell of propane lingered around the school.

Children had been bused to Cypress Creek Elementary the day before after construction workers damaged an underground propane tank, causing a minor leak.

Ferrellgas workers arrived and burned off the remaining propane in the tank, but the resulting substance clung to the soil. When construction workers moved the soil Wednesday, it released a strong odor of propane, making some students and teachers feel ill, the school district said.

For the rest of the week, students who usually walk to Ruskin Elementary should still do so, and buses will carry them to Lennard, according to the school district. Those who are bused to Ruskin should go to their normal bus stops but will be taken to Lennard instead.

[Last modified January 25, 2007, 00:49:38]


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