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Gas Leak Forces Mamaroneck High Closure

UPDATE, 4:55 p.m.: Con Edison spokesperson Sarah Banda said workers investigating the source of the gas leak near the high school still had readings of gas inside the school, as of 2 p.m. Crews on the scene are excavating the parking lot near the track and baseball field on the Boston Post Road side of the school to determine the source. All gas has been shut off to the building as a precaution.

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- School ended early Friday for Mamaroneck High School's 1,500 students because of a gas leak.

All students were evacuated to the football field around 11:35 a.m. and later sent home when Fire Chief Chris Szymanowski declared it was unsafe for them to return to the building. The Villlage of Mamaroneck Fire Department closed the building and are ventilating it with fans.

"The evacuation went smoothly," said Debbie Manetta, spokesperson for the Mamaroneck School District. "It was conducted in a very orderly way. Our priority was make sure everyone was safe."

The school considered sending students to the Hommocks Middle School, which Manetta said is their emergency center. But, considering the cold weather and the fact that many of the students weren't wearing coats, they decided to dismiss the high school for the day.

Con Edison was at the school before the reported gas leak supervising repair work on a pipe in the parking lot near the baseball field on the Boston Post Road side of the school. Contractors were performing the repair, when they began to smell the gas, said Dr. Robert Shaps, superintendent of schools for the Mamaroneck School District.

Con Edison, who was providing the school temporary gas service during the scheduled pipe repair, has inspected the high pressure gas lines, which feed the school's boiler, and they are fine, Shaps said. They are now inspecting the low-pressure lines that feed the science wing.

"The gas leak source is still under investigation," said Sarah Banda, Con Edison spokesperson.

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