3 Ewa Beach schools report strong odors from pesticide

Published On: Nov 25 2013 11:40:46 AM HST   Updated On: Nov 25 2013 01:38:25 PM HST
EWA BEACH, Hawaii -

Three schools in Ewa Beach reported strong odors Monday morning that has resulted in symptoms, including itchy eyes and headaches, according to fire officials.

Kaimiloa Elementary and Pohakea Elementary reported symptoms from the odor at around 10 a.m.

Campbell High School also reported an odor.  Nobody from the high school reported having symptoms, but the school was put in lockdown until the situation was resolved.

Fire officials say the odors were caused by the pesticide malathion, which was used on a yard on nearby Kauwili Street on Sunday.  The yard is about 200 yards away from the nearest school.  But, as the temperatures warmed on Monday, the odor evolved and the wind blew it toward the schools.

Five students and one staff member at Pohakea Elementary School complained about eye irritation and headaches.  They were evaluated by paramedics.  At Kaimiloa Elementary, one student had eye irritation.

An 11-year-old girl was transported in stable condition to an area hospital.

Ilima Intermediate School has not reported any health issues.

Fire crews used compressed air foam and shot it on the area where malathion was used.  A blanket of bubbles helped to keep vapors of pesticide from spreading.  Water and Simple Green was also sprayed on the area to control the odor.


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