2008-04-02 / Features

Bayside H.S. Evacuated Briefly

111th Precinct Bayside H.S. Evacuated In Anthrax Scare

Students and teachers at Bayside H.S. headed into the street on March 26 after a lab technician opened a package containing a suspicious white powder, police sources said.

The technician alerted school administrators, who called police at about 10 a.m., the sources said. At that time, administrators ordered students and teachers to remain in their classrooms until authorities were able to determine the scope of the problem.

The initial call brought police from the 111th Precinct, Queens ESU 10 and the NYPD Bomb Squad, along with local firefighters, FDNY paramedics and the FDNY Hazardous Materials Unit, the sources said.

When initial tests showed the substance had affected only the school lab, officials evacuated students and most teachers from the school at 32-24 Corporal Kennedy St. at about 12:30 p.m., an FDNY spokesperson said.

Investigators later determined the substance to be a harmless fertilizer, ordered for use by lab students at the school.

Students who remained at the scene were escorted back to classes at about 1:30 p.m., the sources said.

- LIZ GOFF

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