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Gas leak prompts Hempstead charter school evacuation; no injuries

Students were allowed back in the Academy Charter

Students were allowed back in the Academy Charter High School at 117 North Franklin Street in Hempstead on after a reported gas line rupture occured at a nearby construction site, Monday morning, May 10, 2021. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Hundreds of elementary and middle school students from the Academy Charter School in Hempstead were evacuated Monday morning after village officials said a contractor at a nearby work site accidentally struck a natural gas line, causing a leak.

The incident occurred on North Franklin Street around 9:15 a.m. Hempstead Mayor Waylyn Hobbs said firefighters, police and a crew from National Grid all responded to the scene. There were no reported injuries and a National Grid spokeswoman said the ruptured line was eventually sealed and the students returned back to class at the school by about 10:30 a.m.

Hempstead officials said the company doing the work Monday was issued a summons for not having a proper plumbing permit to operate at the site.

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