School closed after chemical leak next door

An elementary school in Charlottetown sent its students home at 12:30 as a precaution following an ammonia leak at an arena next door.
Firefighters, police and a hazmat team gathered at Cody Banks Arena to deal with a chemical leak Thursday. (Brian Higgins/CBC)

An elementary school in Charlottetown sent its students home at 12:30 as a precaution following an ammonia leak at an arena next door.

A hazmat team, fire and police officials were on scene following a report of a chemical leak at the Cody Banks Arena. The arena was evacuated and students at Sherwood School sent home.

"It appears as though there is a chemical leak inside the ice making plant," said Charlottetown deputy police chief Gary McGuigan.

"We have set up restrictions around the area."

P.E.I. public safety officials report it was a small leak in a valve in the compressor room. They say two members of the hazmat team shut it off and then began airing out the building.

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