'All clear' at Hickam Elementary following chemical odor evacuation

'All clear' at Hickam Elementary following chemical odor evacuation

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (HawaiiNewsNow) - Students and faculty members at Hickam Elementary School have been allowed to return to class after an evacuation Thursday morning due to a strong chemical odor.

Military officials said earlier Thursday that roughly 615 students and 75 adults had been relocated to the nearby Nellis Chapel. Parents were notified to pick up their children at the church, and classes were canceled for the remainder of the day.

An announcement over a loud speaker directed everyone to remain clear of the Porter Gate area.

"We are thankful there were no injuries or serious illnesses today, and we are grateful to the first responders who helped us relocate and assess students and faculty," said Capt. Jeff Bernard, Joint Base Commander.  "I want to assure parents that we will do everything possible to prevent another incident in which we have to remove students from the school."

Officials say the source of the odor was reported to be a nearby Bilge and Oily Water Treatment System, which is undergoing repairs.

This story will be updated.

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