Gasoline smell sends students at Queens high school home early

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Teacher union says city clases are extremely overcrowded

QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) – The smell of gasoline was so strong at a Queens high school Monday morning that students were sent home for the day.

A spokeswoman for Martin Luther High School in Maspeth said they noticed a smell of gasoline about 9 a.m. and called the fire department.

She said crews determined that the smell likely did not originate in the school, but may have been caused by someone dumping gasoline into a nearby sewer.

Students were evacuated as a precaution to nearby St. Stanislaus Church and dismissed for the day at about 10 a.m.

Classes are expected to resume Tuesday morning.

Teacher union says city clases are extremely overcrowded