By Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2020

KINGSTON, Mass. (AP) - More than 30 people were taken to hospitals Friday after a hazardous materials team responded to reports of a odor in a classroom at a Massachusetts high school.

The odor at Silver Lake Regional High School in Kingston was reported at about 10:15 a.m., Kingston public schools Superintendent Jill Proulx said at a news conference outside the school.

The school was evacuated out of “an abundance of caution” and 34 students and staff were taken to area hospitals, she said.

Kingston Fire Chief Mark Douglass said the injuries were mostly dizziness and throat irritation, possibly from some type of chemical release.

The source of the odor remains under investigation.

The hazmat team recommended that the school’s HVAC system be shut down.

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