Hazmat team called in, Oakville school evacuated because of ‘noxious substance’

Published October 4, 2022 at 7:17 pm

Classes are set to resume at an Oakville high school tomorrow morning after the release of an “unknown noxious substance” forced the evacuation of classes today (Oct. 4).

The incident occurred just as the school day was ending at Thomas A. Blakelock High School when students and teachers began complaining about irritated eyes with some indicating they had trouble breathing. It’s reported that one person, a teacher, was taken to hospital.

According to reports, initially the school was placed under lockdown but then students were ordered out of the building as a hazmat team was called in to investigate.

Located on Rebecca St., approximately 1,000 students attend Blakelock but sources say many of the students had already left for the day when the incident occurred.

This evening, the Halton District School Board issued a statement saying classes would continue as usual tomorrow morning as the school has been declared safe.

Halton Regional Police say they are investigating the incident.

A similar incident took place at Louise Arbor Secondary School in Brampton earlier in the day.





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