Sunday, June 13, 2010
It's been a busy month at the Academy and we have not been able to post as frequently as in the past. But for those of you who work in South Central, Friday was a day to remember.
Friday morning around 11:00 am, a massive explosion rocked the neighborhood. The explosion was so powerful it shook all the buildings on campus. It turns out the explosion came from a titanium fire at a recycling plant less than a block away from our school.
The plumes of fire and black smoke immediately rose over the back of our school building, but thanks to the staff's professionalism, all students were safely secured in their classrooms within 30 seconds of the explosion.
The school immediately implemented the Shelter-In-Place policy and all support staff checked the campus for any stray student, parent, guest, etc. The lock down lasted 4.5 hours.
For a time, we were told we may have to evacuate to a neighboring middle school because of the air hazard potential. That order was canceled however, and our students remained in the classroom.
While we were glad there were no fatalities, we felt like this was a good practice for us for when the big earthquake hits, except we know there won't be any internet service or electricity available.
News Coverage of Explosion