HMN-Several ambulances were called after a “level 1” HAZMAT situation placed 14 children in the hospital. Fire officials say that the situation is secure, and they believe the students ate “laced” candy. (ABC 7)
14 Humboldt Park elementary students hospitalized after possibly eating laced candy
Fourteen students, ages 13 or 14, were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after a hazardous materials situation on Chicago’s Northwest Side, the Chicago Fire Department said.
Several ambulances responded around 8:35 a.m. to a Level 1 hazmat situation at 3320 West Hirsch Street in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. James Russell Lowell Elementary School is located at that address.
Fire officials tweeted around 9:30 a.m. that the hazmat situation was secured. Four students were transported to Stroger Hospital, four were transported to Norwegian American Hospital, four were transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center and two were transported to West Suburban Hospital, fire officials said. They were all in good condition.
The students fell ill “after possibly consuming candy laced with an unknown substance,” according to Preliminary information from Chicago police.
ABC7 Eyewitness News will update this story as further details are made available.