No gas leak at downtown school; Students not evacuated

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Administrators's at the Charleston Charter School for Math and Science said the school day was temporarily disrupted Thursday while officials investigated a potential gas leak.

According to Jane Hargeten an administrator at the school, the students were never evacuated and no gas leak was found. The Charleston Police Department did investigate a possible gas leak in the school's cafeteria, but did not find a leak.

Initial reports from police indicated that the students were evacuated to the gymnasium, but Hargeten said that only students in gym class at the time were asked to stay in the gymnasium. All other students remained in their second period classrooms longer than normal, but were not evacuated.

School officials said that all the students are safe inside the school. Lunch was provided for all students and the school day continued on without any further interruptions.

Part of King Street, between Francis Street and Pointsette Street, was closed temporarily, but was re-opened to traffic at 12:20 p.m.

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