North Las Vegas charter school evacuated Thursday after possible chemical exposure

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Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 2:30 PM PST
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A charter school in North Las Vegas was evacuated Thursday after a possible chemical exposure, according to police.

The North Las Vegas Police Department says that at about 11:42 a.m. Thursday, medical was requested at the school, identified as Legacy Traditional School, due to possible chemical exposure.

NLVPD says one adult was said to have “fallen ill” from the exposure. However, police say the individual was not transported to the hospital from the scene. There were no other reported injuries.

According to police, the preliminary investigation revealed a possible student brought “unknown chemicals” to the school in jars as a possible “prank.”

The school was evacuated as a result of the incident, police said.

NLVPD says its Armorer Unit responded to the school. No further information was immediately available.

The school provided the below statement from the superintendent of the Nevada charters:

“Shortly after noon today, our Legacy-North Valley campus was evacuated when administrators were notified that a potentially hazardous respiratory irritant had been released indoors during an 8th-grade science class. The building HVAC system was immediately shut down to prevent further spread of the irritant. We are not aware of any students becoming ill due to exposure. Out of an abundance of caution, however, EMS and the North Las Vegas Fire Department’s Hazmat team were contacted to assess the situation. Health authorities informed administrators it was safe to return to the school building at approximately 2:20 p.m. this afternoon.

We are grateful for the quick response of our administrators, teachers, and staff in the swift evacuation effort. School will resume as normal tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 27.

Legacy administrators are cooperating fully with North Las Vegas Police, who are in contact with the student in question.”