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Forest Hills Elementary evacuated for ‘suspicious odor’

Forest Hills Global Elementary School was evacuated Friday after an odor was detected.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY – Students were evacuated from Forest Hills Global Elementary School Friday after a “suspicious” natural gas odor was detected, according to a New Hanover County Schools press release.

The clearance began around 1:05 p.m. after the smell was noticed.

The New Hanover County Fire Department and NHCS maintenance crews assessed the situation and determined it was safe to return students to class at 1:25 p.m.

Families received notification of the start and end of evacuation through the Blackboard Connect 5 emergency system, the district stated.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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