High school given 'all clear' after evacuation

Published: Apr. 11, 2014 at 12:20 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 11, 2014 at 3:47 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Crews investigating a gas odor reported inside Stall High School say it is safe for students and faculty to re-enter the building, a district spokesman says.

North Charleston Police, the North Charleston Fire Department, SEC&G and the Charleston County School District's Office of Security and Emergency Management were on scene assessing the situation and trying to determine the source of the odor, according to spokesman Jason Sakran.

School officials decided to evacuate the entire building as a precaution because the source of the odor could not be isolated. 

All staff and students are safe and outside the building as crews investigate the source of the smell, Sakran says.

A large field trip involving more than 700 students already scheduled for today will continue as planned, school officials say.

CCSD Emergency Management Director Jeff Scott says they will not turn the gas back on and that the school can operate for the remainder of the day without. Students begin their spring break tomorrow, Scott says, which will give crews ample time to investigate any problems.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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