HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A strong odor forced the evacuation of about 450 students and staff from Kaimiloiki Elementary School in Hawaii Kai and sent two children to an area hospital to be evaluated Tuesday morning.
School officials tell Hawaii News Now the strange odor sickened about 20 kids. One child described the smell as "burnt rubber" another said it was "wood burning or gasoline".
Department of Emergency Services spokesperson Shayne Enright elaborated on the evacuation.
"Many of them walked, but some of them we did transport in the ambulance. We also did take two children, two females, 10 years old, to Children's Hospital. They were in stable condition, but for precautionary measures we took them for examination."
The students who went to Kaiser stayed in the shade out front, waiting for parents to pick them up.
Many students missed the episode entirely, as a group of kindergartners and first graders were on a field trip. Their buses dropped them off at Kaiser as well.
"I'd hate for anything to happen to any of the other kids but I'm just thankful that he was on the field trip today so that did eliminate a lot of the initial concern," said Justin Keane, whose son was on the field trip.
Authorities were unable to determine what the odor was, where it came from, or who caused it.
"We don't have any facts to establish somebody discarding a chemical. Most times when we have events similar to this it's someone who's misapplied the chemical," explained Captain Seelig.
On Monday, ten people were treated by paramedics at two Leeward Oahu elementary schools when a neighbor used the pesticide malathion in too great a concentration.