Monday, March 16, 2015

Update: Fire Department Called to School District Bus Yard

Maplewood, New Jersey: The Maplewood Fire Department was called to the South Orange Maplewood School District's bus and maintenance yard at 25 West Parker Avenue in Maplewood shortly after 7:00am this morning. The maintenance yard is located next to Chyzowych Field.

Suzanne Turner, the spokesperson for the South Orange Maplewood School District, told Essex County Place that the Maplewood Fire Department was called due to "slight vandalism to one of the buses over the weekend", and that there was "no major damage", though a fire extinguisher was emptied.

A representative from the SOMSD Transportation Department declined comment.

Michael Dingelstedt of the Maplewood Fire Department told Essex County Place that "the Fire Department responded to a report of white powder on the floor of a bus", and that the bus was secured shortly after units arrived. The Nutley Hazardous Materials Unit was called, and technicians "determined that the powder was from a dry-chemical fire extinguisher and there was no hazard". 

Dingelstedt said that it "is unknown how the powder ended up on the bus floor", and that the Maplewod Police is investigating.

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