My favorite forum (which happens to be based out of Canada) alerted me to these strange recent incidents of “Mystery Smells” … so thank you “Gouda”!!! [bolded items are his notations]
There have been at least 2 other “Mystery Smell” incidents in Austin the past 10-12 years that I am aware of … one happened when cops pulled over a “suspicious” car and got faint from fumes when they opened the trunk – news reports insinuated the driver or car owner might’ve been a terrorist. There was another incident (before the car stop one I believe) wherein the local DMV building was evacuated, I think, due to mystery fumes. This may have been one of the incidents at which Alex Jones disrupted local live news broadcasts screaming it was a fake drill.
Updated: Friday, 04 Nov 2011, 10:51 PM CDT
HOUSTON – More than 20 people suddenly fell ill during a football game in southeast Houston Friday night.
The Houston Fire Department dispatched emergency crews to Barnett Stadium in the 6800 block of Fairway.
During the second-half of the game, Austin High School band and dance members suddenly fell ill.
The Houston Independent School District says the students began suffering from severe nausea, dizziness, vomiting and heart palpitations.
A student told FOX 26 News he began to smell something funny when he saw his sister lose consciousness.
Students were still being treated by the end of the 9 p.m. newscast. A hazmat team had set up a decontamination unit in the vicinity.
Houston Police are trying to determine the cause of the illnesses.
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November 5, 2011
Authorities in Houston are still searching for answers after an area high school football game was called off early after nearly two dozen fans were hospitalized after suddenly becoming sick in the stands of Barnett Stadium on Friday night.
During the second half of the game between Austin (Texas) High and Houston (Texas) Yates, many members of the band and dance team from Austin started suffering from nausea, vomiting and dizziness and began collapsing in the stands, according to numerous media reports.
Officials feared they had been exposed to some type of biohazard and called hazmet teams to the scene but no traces of gases or chemical agents were found.
Nevertheless, the stadium was cleared and the game was called with Yates leading, 47-14.
The students, many complaining of nausea, were sent for more medical evaluation.
“We ended up with 22 students being transported to five different hospitals,” Houston Fire Department assistant chief David Almaguer told the local FOX affiliate, KTRK-TV.
Food poisoning of some sort remains a possibility for the incident, but initially appears unlikely as those who were sick ate different meals at different times in different places before the game.
“The kids all ate at different places, some of them ate at different times … but they did have something in their stomachs,” Emergency Medical Services doctor David Purse told the station. “At this point, it remains a little unclear what set it off.”
Officials, however, aren’t taking any chances. A football game scheduled to be played there on Saturday afternoon has been moved to another location.
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HOUSTON (KTRK) / Saturday, November 05, 2011 (…)
A doctor from the EMS service said they were interviewing patients late Friday to try to find any links.
“The kids all ate at different places, some of them ate at different times… but they did have something in their stomachs. At this point, it remains a little unclear what set it off,” Dr. David Purse said Friday. “It’s still a mystery right now.”
Parents said Saturday that doctors discovered high levels of toxins in their children’s blood. For Galvan, the diagnosis was chemical inhalation. He was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. His discharge papers from the hopital state that he suffered chemical inhalation and should follow up with a physician next week.
Galvan’s father, who is also a band chaperone, says the hospital told him there were likely high levels of carbon monoxide in the air. He added that HISD has agreed to cover their medical costs.
The mystery behind what caused this incident remains, and HISD police are still investigating.
HFD spokesperson Patrick Trahan said Saturday that their investigation will pick back up on Monday after they have results from the doctors of all students involved.