Students safe, released after school bus hazmat

HARLAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Two students on a school bus tasted an unknown substance Thursday evening, and the contact caused them to be succinctly hospitalized as a precaution.

The school bus was carrying 15 elementary students at the corner of Achterman and Roacheser Cozaddale roads in Warren County, according to Harlan Twp. Fire Chief Andy Mitten. The children were on their way home from school.

The substance, described as white particles, was found on the floor of the bus. A Hamilton County Hazardous Materials team and a Hamilton County chemist were called to help identify the white substance. Later Thursday evening, they determined that the substance was not dangerous, but were unsure what it was.

"It was a white, crystal substance, unknown," Mitten said. "We called the Hamilton County hazmat team. They came out with their chemist and checked out the chemical, which took several hours for this to happen, and they determined it was not a hazardous chemical of any kind."

The 15 students are from Little Miami Schools were evacuated and briefly kept on scene as a safety precaution.

Mitten said parents waited on scene for about three hours until authorities allowed them to take their children home, shortly before 8 p.m. The two children who were taken to Bethesda Arrow Springs Hospital were released.

 

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