Vista Ridge High School evacuated due to ‘airborne irritant’

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Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs. (Credit: Google Earth)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A large Colorado Springs high school was evacuated Thursday morning due to an “airborne irritant,” according to district officials.

Dustin Senger, a spokesperson for Falcon School District 49, said Vista Ridge High School was evacuated around 10:45 a.m. at the recommendation of the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

“CSFD is working with school officials and the district’s safety and security director to determine if the school is safe to occupy,” Senger said shortly after 11 a.m. “An early investigation points to someone releasing tear gas inside the building.”

Senger did not confirm whether any students were suffered injuries due to the irritant, but according to a tweet from the school district, students were given clearance to return to class just before 11:15 a.m.

Vista Ridge High School has around 1,200 students, and is located in northeast Colorado Springs at 6888 Black Forest Road, which is just off southeast of East Woodmen Road and North Powers Boulevard.