19 report symptoms after exposure to pepper spray at Park City High School

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UPDATE: The Park City Fire District determined that the previously unknown substance that caused an evacuation at Park City High School was pepper spray.

Officials said a student confessed to releasing the pepper spray in the school. 

Melinda Colton of the Park City School District said school will resume as usual on Tuesday. 


PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Park City High school has been evacuated after some students were exposed to an unknown substance in the air.

Melinda Colton of the Park City School District said they heard a fire alarm go off at 1:55 p.m. ten minutes after school had been dismissed and found that there was an unknown substance in the air at the school. 

Park City Fire crews said they responded to the incident at Park City High School at about 2 p.m.

She said faculty and a few students were at the school at the time of the incident. Some of the students complained of abdominal pain and had a hard time breathing, according to Colton.

Colton said the students and faculty have been evaluated and cleared. 

“If any student or faculty experiences any symptoms of abdominal cramps or trouble breathing call 911 immediately,” said Colton

Officials said they have no suspects at the moment and are not quite sure exactly what the substance is. They are still working to determine the exact cause of the incident. 

Colton said they have not yet determined if the school will be back in session tomorrow. She said that determination will be made based on what HAZMAT investigators find and if the situation is able to be cleared Monday night.

This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as they become available. 

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