1 p.m. UPDATE: All shelter in place orders were lifted and Great Oak students were dismissed early for the day
9 a.m. UPDATE: Fire officials said that hazmat crews subsequently responded to the scene and asked people to avoid the area.
TEMECULA – At approximately 7:42 a.m. on Friday, Sep. 1, officers responded to a chemical spill near the 1200 block of Pechanga Parkway. The Public Information Officer on scene told local photographer Scott Padgett (Time Stood Still Photography), who was near the area, that a commercial vehicle spilled about 275 gallons of pool chemicals.
A shelter in place was issued for the area south of Rocky Bear Drive, west of Peach Tree Street as well as north of Pechanga Rd./Live Oak Rd. and east of Pechanga Resort.
The spill also prompted a lockdown at Great Oak High School. According to Padgett, who has a daughter that attends the school, she texted to say that she and her classmates were OK, but the school handed out facemasks and turned off the ventilation system in the classrooms to ensure the safety of the students.
The PIO stated that the shelter in place was given and the school was locked down out of an abundance of caution, and there was no current threat to the high school. He also asked that the public avoid the area so law enforcement can get the problem mitigated as soon as possible.
Updates to this story will be made as they come in.