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10 Injured in Lockport H.S. Chemical Release

Campus closed for the day

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    At least 10 people were treated for chemical exposure after a "chemical improvised device with possible toxic substances" was found in a hallway of a southwest suburban high school this morning.

    Firefighters and police responded to a call from Lockport Township High School’s Central Campus at about 8:30 a.m.

    Lockport High School

    [CHI] Lockport High School
    Emergency crews respond to an incident at a southwest suburban high school Monday morning. (Published Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009)

    The campus was put on lockdown at 7:42 a.m, according to information released by Lockport Township High School District 205.

    The statement said that a plastic bottle was releasing black smoke and possibly chemicals as students were starting the school day.

    Eight to 10 ambulances were sent to the scene, and nine students and a staff member were treated for possible exposure to their eyes and skin.

    "Everything is non-life-threatening," Fire Chief Robert Cronholm said at the scene.

    Students were sent home beginning at 11:15 a.m. as the investigation continued.  Parents were notified of the early dismissal by e-mail and automated telephone message.

    The building was not damaged.

    No arrests have been made in the incident.