And you thought you were sick of it
It seems like people either hate fall or love it. Lovers get to bust out their Uggs and flannel, Halloween is always exciting, and Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte comes out. You know, one of most revered and most loathed drinks of all time.
The pumpkin spice obsession has led to many odd pumpkin flavored things over the years: Oreo Cookies, donuts, yogurt, and even Pringles. I don’t know if the market for these products is pumpkin spice addicts or just drunk college kids who can’t resist a nutmeg encrusted salmon or vaguely orange hummus. Either way, the pumpkin spice market has blown up to ridiculous heights the last few years and it seems every brand out there needs to add the seasonal product to their offerings.
While the products are hilarious, the results of one pumpkin spice product wasn’t so enjoyable for a high school in Baltimore. It was so bad, the school was evacuated and multiple students people were sent for medical care.
On Thursday, October 5th a Baltimore, Maryland area high school was suddenly evacuated. Initially there was thought to be hazardous material within the building because five people fell ill and were rushed to the emergency room. Additional emergency medical teams treated people on the scene. Meanwhile, Baltimore City Fire Department’s hazmat unit were investigating. The issue? A strange smell had appeared in the school.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School wrote on its website that a “strange odor” was detected on the third floor at 2:30 p.m.
“It was a smell that they certainly weren’t used to,” Bill Heiser, the school’s president, told Baltimore Sun. “It appeared to be getting stronger.”
The local CBS station reported that the patients had reported feeling nauseous because of the smell. Several students and teachers reported difficulty breathing, according to Heiser.
According to The Baltimore Sun, the hazmat team ran several tests to try to find hazardous materials in the building, though they all came back negative. It wasn’t until the firefighters began opening windows to air out the school that they finally discovered the source of the odor: a pumpkin spice-scented aerosol plug-in.
“It’s always best to take precaution, call 911, let us — we are the experts — come in and make sure that everything is safe, so we have no problem with them making this call,” Baltimore Fire Chief Roman Clark said, according to WBAL-TV. “I know it’s a lot of equipment that you see around here, a lot of firefighters that are working on this incident. However, we want to make sure that these students and teachers are all safe.”
Classes resumed the next day.
Will the obsession ever end?
Unfortantly the name of the brand of air freshener was not revealed, so if you are planning on plugging a pumpkin spice scent into your home, be careful. If one plug-in can shut down an entire school, imagine how strong that smell would be in your living room!
My advice? Avoid it altogether. Have a PSL here or there, but keep those artificially flavored pumpkin treats to a minimum ― or hey, maybe try a real pumpkin pie instead!
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