Everyone out of Ridgeland school after contamination

RIDGELAND, SC (WTOC) - Shortly after midnight Saturday, Ridgeland Fire confirmed everyone was out of the Ridgeland High School gym.

About 250 people were locked down Friday night at the school.

The lockdown happened in the gym after a few people came down with some sort of illness during the basketball game between Ridgeland High and Allendale - Fairfax. Sources in the gym and parents waiting outside say people started smelling an odor.  Someone got sick, possibly vomiting and with hives. Others became sick soon after.

Not taking any chances, emergency crews moved in and locked down the school. Hazmat teams from Hilton Head and Bluffton were on the scene.   They checked everyone in the gym, and released only five at a time to check them for symptoms.  A few showed symptoms and were sent to the decontamination tent.  At least two people were transported to the hospital. Officials shut off the A/C heating system and the odor went away.

It is still unknown what the cause is, but it is under investigation.

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