By Josh Faiola


Twitter: @ABC6

NEW BEDFORD, MASS (WLNE) - Public safety agents responded to a report of an unknown odor at Bristol Community College on Purchase Street around 10:00 am on Thursday. 

According to a statement from the city of New Bedford, twenty students and employees experience trouble breathing and received medical attention.  

It is unclear at this time if some cases were worse than others. 

The building was evacuated and an investigation is currently underway to determine the source of the odor. 

The building will resume normal operations on Friday. 

President of Bristol Community College, Laura L. Douglas said, "The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our top priority. We remain in close contact with those who received medical attention. The college would like to thank the responding public safety personnel, and we appreciate the continued cooperation of our community."

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NEW BEDFORD, MASS (WLNE) - Bristol Community College on Purchase street as been evacuated and temporarily closed until 4:00 p.m for a hazmat incident. 


According to a tweet from Bristol Community College, the campus has been evacuated due to the presence of a "gas-like" smell, and they will continue to update the community as more information becomes available.

According to the New Bedford Fire Fighters Union facebook page, several emergency vehicles were on scene.


The scene is active at the time and the cause of the chemical incident is currently unknown. 

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