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6 Sickened By Odor At Birmingham School

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BIRMINGHAM (WWJ/AP) – A Birmingham fire official says five students and one teacher were taken to the hospital as a precaution after odors from sewer work outside wafted into a high school.

Birmingham Fire Chief Mike Metz says a construction crew was working on a sewer outside Seaholm High School on Thursday afternoon, and the building’s ventilation system sucked in some of the odor. Metz says the students and the teacher complained of feeling nauseous.

Metz says the crew was working for Oakland County relining sewers, and the smell came from a resin they were using.

The odor affected between 20 and 25 classrooms at the school, which has 1,350 students.

School officials dismissed classes in the early afternoon but all after school activities were expected to go on as scheduled, including football. School officials planned to reopen for school on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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