Kings Park Primary Open As Usual After Leak

Kings Park Primary school in Boscombe is back open again today, after it was closed last week because of some kind of leak.

Around 420 children and 180 staff and adults were evacuated on the afternoon of Friday October 14th. It followed the leak of some kind of substance which firecrews described as a "respiratory irritant" - they didn't know where it came from.

Dorset Fire & Rescue and and local council staff used monitoring kits to try and find the source of the irritant -they said 30 children were affected by it.

Ashley Road in Boscombe was closed and the Health Protection Agency, local hospitals and NHS Direct were all made aware.

No other properties were evacuated. 

More tests were carried out this morning, Monday 17th October. 

Incident Commander, Mike Cox, said:

"Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, Environmental Health and local authority officers carried out air sampling and gas monitoring tests throughout the school and adjacent premises including a nearby building site at 6am this morning (17.10.11). At that time, there was no trace of anything significant. Further tests were completed between 10.30 and 11am (17.10.11) and there were still no traces of any fumes. The incident has now been left with Bournemouth Borough Council's Environmental Health team."

Bournemouth Borough Council Environmental Health said:

 "Following monitoring tests by the Fire Service and Environmental Health at King's Park Primary School, which took place on Friday afternoon and again first thing (Monday) morning, we can confirm that the results have shown no evidence of contamination to the air quality and the monitoring readings are normal. Therefore, the Fire Service has confirmed that the school site is safe for children and staff to return."

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