UPDATE 1:22 p.m.: Pulaski County Public Schools shared an update with WFXR News about the possible gas leak at Critzer Elementary School that resulted in an early dismissal on Wednesday.

According to the district, Critzer Elementary was evacuated at approximately 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17 — as outlined in the school safety plan — when teachers and students reportedly smelled gas in one wing of the school.

Around 10:30 a.m., officials say students were either brought home on the school bus or released to their parents after determining that it might be early afternoon before the building could be cleared. 

The school was reportedly inspected by an Atmos Energy representative, who did not detect any leak, and then the Pulaski Fire Department cleared the building for occupancy. 

As a precautionary measure, the district says it will join Atmos Energy to inspect the building again on Thursday, Aug. 18 before staff and students arrive. However, Critzer Elementary is expected to resume a regular schedule that day.

“We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the members of the Pulaski Fire Department, Pulaski County Public Safety, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Pulaski Police, Pulaski County Emergency Management, Atmos Energy, the faculty and staff of Critzer Elementary, and everyone else who helped for their quick response and professional handling of this situation,” Pulaski County Public Schools said in a statement.



PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Some Pulaski County students will be heading home early on Wednesday because of a possible gas leak at Critzer Elementary School.

According to Pulaski County Public Schools, all students are safe, but since the inspection of the school might last into the afternoon, students will be dismissed at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

School officials say parent pickup will be available in the outer half of the parking lot while buses will be collecting kids on the cafeteria side of the school.

WFXR News has a crew on the way to the scene to gather more information.

This is a developing story.