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UPDATE: RCHS students returned to class after gas leak
Campus evacuated after gas leak reported
Rockdale County High School students return to school Wednesday after a natural gas leak caused by a construction school working on the new gymnasium. - photo by Bryan Fazio

UPDATE (Sept. 14, 11:50 a.m.) The gas leak at Rockdale County High School has reportedly been contained and students are being returned to class, according to Rockdale County Public Schools spokesperson Cindy Ball.

Construction crews had reportedly cut through a 2 and a half-inch gas line. Around 10 a.m., a call was made to the Rockdale County Fire and Rescue Department about the smell of gas.

A statement released from the fire department said, "Fire and rescue personnel tested the building with gas monitoring equipment for readings of gas levels in the air while gas crews and other fire and rescue personnel searched for the leak." The leak was located around 11:39 a.m.

No one was reportedly injured in the incident. There were reportedly a few heat related incidents from students being outside during the evacuation. Those students were treated by emergency medical personnel.



IN BRIEF: (Sept. 14, 11:17 a.m.) Rockdale County High School's main campus was evacuated around 10 a.m. today after a gas leak was detected in the construction area where crews are working on the new gymnasium. Students have been moved to the annex, shared by the Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, and to CJ Hicks Elementary School across the street. Rockdale County Public Schools spokesperson Cindy Ball said Atlanta Gas Light crews are on site and administrators are determining if or when students would be allowed back in.

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