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Hiawatha students taken off bus after fire extinguisher incident

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:42 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014 10:44 p.m. CST

KIRKLAND – A short burst of chemicals released from a fire extinguisher on a Hiawatha School District 426 bus Tuesday morning was a matter of student mischief, Superintendent Sarah Willey said.

A bus carrying about 30 students was evacuated about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Kennedy subdivision just south of the Hiawatha schools. The fire extinguisher was discharged while it remained in a bracket near the bus driver’s feet and a “very small burst” of the powdery chemical discharged in the bus. Willey declined to release more information, citing student privacy.

The bus driver was taken to the emergency room as a precautionary measure but returned to duty Tuesday afternoon. Another bus took the students to school at 410 S. First St. in Kirkland, where Kirkland fire personnel evaluated them, Willey said. The evaluations were precautionary in case any students had a reaction to the chemical dust, but personnel did not suggest any of them seek further medical attention.

Kirkland police determined the extinguisher had been functioning properly and returned it to school officials, Willey said.

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