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Coventry High students sent home early after gas scare

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Dana Griffin

COVENTRY, RI- The smell of gas at Coventry High School was strong enough to send students home for the day.

Twice in a week, a gas odor has forced students out of the building and today, they had to be sent home.

Students say they're concerned about potential fire hazards.

Around 9:30 this morning, a fire alarm went off and students and faculty were evacuated.

National Grid says a Bunsen burner was left on. The school superintendent says there was also a leaky valve on a chemistry table.

Students were sent home as a precaution.

"I was walking the hallway before we got evacuated. There was a lot of gas, smelling a lot of gas over near the cafeterias," said 11th grader, Tyler Matola.

11th Grader, Dominic Tamborelli said, "It happens a lot and it just gets annoying. We just want it done right; fix it."

Last Thursday, a propane tank outside the school was leaking.

Coventry High will reopen tomorrow but the chemistry labs will be closed while all the valves are checked for safety.

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