LAS VEGAS (KXNT) – Concern over a peculiar odor and a pair of sick students at a Las Vegas middle school led to a brief evacuation of students and staff Thursday, according to officials.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews were called to Ralph Cadwallader Middle School on Elkhorn Road in the northwest Las Vegas valley over concerns about the strange odor just after 11:45 a.m. Thursday, department spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

The concern was elevated after two students reported difficulty breathing and were transported to local hospitals as a precaution at the request of school staff. The two students were from opposite sides of the school, prompting officials to check the entire campus and evacuate students, Szymanski said.

Firefighters with the Fire and Rescue Hazardous Materials Response Team along with technicians from Southwest Gas conducted
a thorough search of the campus and found nothing out of the ordinary.

The affected students were examined at the hospital and it was determined their conditions were not related to the incident.

Students were allowed back on campus to resume the school day around 1 p.m.


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