Field of Weeds Suspected as Source of Noxious Odor

WAIMEA, Kauai (KHNL) -- A field of weeds west of Waimea Canyon School on Kauai is suspected to be the source of a noxious odor that permeated the area early Friday morning.

Several students and a teacher who experienced dizziness and headaches were taken to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital to be checked as a precautionary measure, while others were sent home.

Firefighters responded to a 9:36 a.m. call regarding a noxious odor.

At about 11:40 a.m., authorities discovered several piles of weeds in a field west of the school they say might be the source of the noxious odor reported earlier.

Officials held a meeting at the school at around noon and asked Syngenta representatives to dispose the piles of weeds.

An official from the state Department of Agriculture is scheduled to fly from the Big Island to Kauai Saturday to meet with Syngenta officials.