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UPDATE: Hazardous materials fear turns out to be caused by flour

Children released to parents following scare

Posted: June 6, 2012 12:52 p.m.
Updated: June 6, 2012 3:18 p.m.

A Los Angeles County Fire Department Hazardous Material Squad is seen staged at Canyon Country Park on Wednesday.



Fire officials shut down a Canyon Country park Wednesday and examined 60 school children for possible exposure to hazardous materials when a balloon popped near the kids, spreading a white power that turned out to be flour.

The call came in around 12:23 p.m. that a potentially hazardous material had been spilled on a bus at Canyon Country Park, fire officials said.

The substance was tested and turned out to be flour, according to a Sheriff’s Department release.

The fourth-grade students — who had taken a field trip that ended with a visit to the park — were playing at Canyon Country Park when the alarm over the white powder was raised.

Officials cordoned off the park, and investigators with the fire and health departments rolled to the scene to investigate.
After the powder was determined to be flour, the children were returned to the school for parents to pick them up.

One of the youngsters apparently brought a balloon on the bus during the course of the day’s activities, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Quvondo Johnson.

“It was elementary students on a field trip,” Johnson said.

The balloon somehow popped on the bus, raising the alarm over the flour inside.





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