It’s pumpkin spice season, which means the next few months will smell like nutmeg and cloves and cinnamon, day and night. That actually sounds pretty good right about now, but some students at a Baltimore high school will never be able to hashtag a #pumpkinspicelatte the same way again after a bizarre pumpkin spice accident forced the entire school to evacuate and hospitalized five people.
According to Delish, it all started with an unusual, disturbing scent coming from the top floors of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore. It wasn’t anything any of the 200 students or staff had smelled before, and it just kept getting stronger. Several students and teachers reported having trouble breathing.
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Eventually, it was so bad the school evacuated the building and called emergency services. The fire department searched for possibly toxic materials, and people in Hazmat suits combed the school for sources of the problem.
In the meantime, two students and three adults were taken to the hospital in an ambulance because of “ailing stomachs.”
Emergency services utterly failed to find anything dangerous in the school. But when they started opening windows to air the place out, they discovered the source of the problem: a pumpkin-spice-scented aerosol plug-in air freshener in a third floor classroom.
It was one super-powerful plug-in.
A single overactive air freshener managed to scent-bomb the entire building. And somehow nobody managed to trace it back to the classroom or even identify the scent as pumpkin spice.
Fortunately, nobody in the school was ever in any danger. Emergency services personnel weren’t even upset about being called out.
“It’s better safe than sorry,” said Baltimore fire spokesman Roman Clark.
Pumpkin spice can be delightful, but this is just overkill. Someone turned the whole building into a dude who wears too much cologne on an elevator. School buildings can get funky, but nothing that air freshener was covering up could be worse than weaponized pumpkin spice seasonings.
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