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Carbon Monoxide Leak Cancels Classes

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ More than 800 Connecticut students got an unexpected day off when carbon monoxide was detected in their school.

No injuries were reported in the incident Monday at Plainville High School. Principal Steve LePage said classes will resume Tuesday as usual.

The colorless, odorless gas was detected in the boiler room shortly after 7 a.m., just as students started to arrive for classes after their spring break.

Similar incidents have prompted a General Assembly bill that would require at least one carbon monoxide detector in every public and private school building. The bill awaits a committee vote.

Twenty Waterbury students became ill when the colorless, odorless gas permeated their classrooms Jan. 4.

Two days later, 11 students in Vermont were hospitalized after a malfunctioning furnace pumped carbon monoxide into their classroom.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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