UPDATE: Carbon monoxide sickens 42 kids at Ga. school

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Monday, Dec. 3, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say 42 students and seven employees at an Atlanta elementary school have been evaluated for exposure to carbon monoxide.

The leak was reported at Finch Elementary school in southwest Atlanta Monday morning.

About 500 students were evacuated from the building and were sent to a nearby middle school.

Fire officials found levels of carbon monoxide at 1,700 parts per million. Stephanie Hon, of the Georgia Poison Center, says the odorless, colorless gas can be deadly at that level over a period of time.

Superintendent Erroll Davis says the school has no carbon monoxide detectors and officials are investigating the cause of the leak.

Officials say the problem likely started with a boiler that passed state inspection in 2011.

Authorities ventilated the school Monday and expected it to reopen Tuesday.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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