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Poured chemicals close Mervo

A Northeast Baltimore high school was evacuated and closed yesterday afternoon after someone poured a chemical substance in three spots in hallways, according to a spokesman for the city Fire Department. No injuries were reported.

The spokesman, Kevin Cartwright, said the first call came in about 11:45 a.m. for an "unusual odor" at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School in the 3500 block of Hillen Road. Cartwright said firefighters found about 20 ounces of liquid poured in three hallways.

"We have been unable to identify the substance," Cartwright said. The school's 1,400 students and staff were sent home, and the school was closed, the spokesman said. A private contractor was brought in to clean.

City police described the substance as an "ice-bomb" in which dry ice is mixed with chemicals to create a compound that makes a mess but doesn't cause injuries.


Second drop-off set for hazardous waste

A second hazardous waste drop-off day for Baltimore residents is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow on the parking lot of the Polytechnic Institute, Cold Spring Lane and Falls Road. Baltimore residents - who are required to show proof of city residency - can drop off such unwanted hazardous materials as paints, pesticides, car and household batteries, propane tanks, drain cleaners, gasoline and pool chemicals. People must be able to identify the hazardous materials they're dropping off. Information: 311 or 410-396-4511.


Cleanup of Middle Branch shores

A city-sponsored cleanup of the shores of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River is planned for this morning in South Baltimore. Registration for volunteers is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Baltimore Rowing Club, 3301 Waterview Ave., and the cleanup will begin at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers will remove trash and debris until 1 p.m. along the Middle Branch Shoreline at the Rowing Club; from Interstate 395 between Stockholm and Warner streets; the shoreline area near Harbor Hospital; and at Ferry Bar Park on Port Covington Drive. For more information, go to or, or call 311.

Notre Dame

Women's College open house set

An open house for prospective Women's College students at the College of Notre Dame is set from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the college's Knott Science Center, 4701 N. Charles St. The open house - open to high school sophomores and juniors, as well as transfer students - will offer the chance to talk to faculty and students to learn about programs of study.

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