Florida School Bus Was Evacuated Over 'Hazardous Materials', Turns Out It Was Axe Body Spray

Florida School Bus Was Evacuated Over 'Hazardous Materials', Turns Out It Was Axe Body Spray

On Monday, the emergency medical services found at least 15 children suffering from a mild respiratory irritation after the PFD responded to a "hazardous materials incident."

A Florida middle schooler's extreme personal hygiene practices forced a school bus to stop after other students aboard began complaining about the intense scent of his Axe Body Spray. The Parrish Fire Department and Manatee County EMS responded to a "hazardous materials incident" onboard a local school bus on Monday according to PFD's statement. On arrival, the local fire department and emergency medical services found at least 15 children suffering from a mild respiratory irritation.

While the first responders treated the ones who suffered respiratory irritations, the others were picked up by another bus and dropped to a limited access lot at the high school, where they were picked up by their respective parents, said the local fire department. "All 30 students on the bus were accounted for and treated and released with refusals to be transported by EMS," said a Parrish Fire Department spokesperson, according to PEOPLE.



When Parrish Fire District Division Chief Mike Williamson arrived there, he told TODAY that he had interviews all 30 students from Buffalo Creek Middle School, in an effort to get to the bottom of this mysterious smell that irritated half of the students on board the bus. As soon as the student responsible for this whole incident came up to him, Williamson knew he was the one. So, what gave him away? "Once I got down the line, I was able to determine it," recalled Williamson during an interview with the outlet. "Before I could even tell (one student) what I was looking for, I made a motion like I was spraying, and he handed me an empty bottle of the black Axe Body Spray. I could smell it all over him."



After conducting a thorough search fire department officers did not find any type of hazardous chemical or liquid apart from the ones that were present in the can of body spray. Thankfully, none of the students who claimed to experience respiratory discomfort had to be taken to the hospital. Providing a reason behind this issue, School District of Manatee County spokesperson Mike Barber explained that the air-conditioned buses required all the windows and doors to be closed and with the added warm weather the smell became unbearable. "We had heard reports from other community members that it's somehow a thing with kids spraying it all over each other to smell nice or prank each other," continued Barber. 



"They must have watched a lot of episodes of Band of Brothers because they would not say who did it," added Barber. Although the school is yet to confirm or deny that the Axe Body Spray was the root of this nuisance, Barber said that there an empty bottle of Axe Body Spray present in one of the student's bags. After reviewing the video of the bus ride, Principal Bradley Scarborough couldn't determine how the contained smell got out. They are yet to determine whether it was a prank or not.

"On a serious note, this was a very good total collaboration of an emergency response between the fire department, EMS, the sheriff's office and the school board," said Williamson. "It was a good test. We take everything as a serious threat because we can't afford not to." Willamson jokingly drew similarities between the boy, who cleared out the entire bus with his Axe Body Spray, and Brian Fantana wearing Sex Panther cologne in the movie Anchorman. "I never say I've seen it all because the minute I say that, something else has to top it," said Willamson who's been a firefighter for 33 years. 


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