Lone Star College University Park campus evacuated due to possible gas leak

Lone Star College-University Park was evacuated Wednesday night as a precaution due to a possible gas leak.

Lone Star College-University Park was evacuated Wednesday night as a precaution due to a possible gas leak.

Firefighters from Cypress Creek Fire Department went through all three buildings Lone Star has on the campus to determine that a gas valve was left on in the cafeteria area. Two-hundred students were evacuated, according to Captain Richard Ford.

The evacuation was for the LSC University Park campus at Highway 249 and Louetta Road. Students received emergency alert text messages from the college instructing them to "calmly evacuate buildings using available exits."

The emergency alert went out to all six campuses of Lone Star College. A secondary message was sent and alerted just the students of University Park.
 
However, reports came in from University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, Baylor University, Ole Miss, LSU, University of Kansas, University of Central Arkansas and beyond that they had received the alert in error.

Campus police say they will be talking to the vendor on Thursday to figure out what the issue was. The chief says the system was brought online about a month and half ago.

Classes at Lone Star College will resume at normally scheduled hours on Thursday, according to school officials.


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