OAKLAND -- Skyline High School in Oakland reopened Wednesday a day after a gas smell forced the evacuation and closure of the school, police said.

The smell was determined to have been caused by an open valve controlling gas to a former science room, PG&E and school officials said.

Authorities determined the valve, located on the roof of the school at 12250 Skyline Blvd., had been turned on and left open, PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian said.

The valve fed gas to Bunsen burners in a room that is no longer used for science classes, Sarkissian said.

"School maintenance shut that valve off and isolated it so this can't happen again," Sarkissian said.

The incident was reported at 9:38 a.m. Tuesday and prompted students and faculty to evacuate the school.

The students were on the school's field waiting for about an hour before it was concluded that the repairs would take several hours more, so the students were sent home for the day, Oakland schools spokeswoman Sue Piper said.

PG&E capped the abandoned line this afternoon and school will resume as normal at 8 a.m., Piper said.

Skyline was closed last weekend as well for gas line repairs. Students were asked to stay home as a safety precaution as maintenance was conducted on a ruptured gas line.


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