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Hickory officials: No recurrence of school fumes

Local and state officials are continuing to investigate the cause of fumes that sickened a number of students Tuesday at a high school in Hickory, but they say there has been no recurrence of the problem.

Fourteen students and a teacher developed dizziness and nausea in the dance studio at Hickory Career & Arts Magnet High School. They were taken to a Hickory hospital for treatment and released a short time later, officials said.

Beverly Snowden, a spokeswoman for the Hickory City Schools, said a number of officials spent time in the studio Wednesday and did not experience any health problems.

The group included the school’s principal, Teresa Carroll, along with Hickory Schools superintendent Walter Hart and officials from Catawba County Emergency Services and the N.C. Department of Labor.

Snowden said school officials hope to have a report from investigators “before the weekend.”

She said preliminary results did not show any problems, and it remains a mystery as to what caused the illnesses Tuesday.

The school kept the dance studio closed Wednesday through Thursday morning. There wereno classes Thursday afternoon or Friday, due to parent-teacher conferences.

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