LaSalle residents concerned about oil leak on school grounds

Firefighters were called to Allion Elementary School in LaSalle early Wednesday morning for a potential oil leak. A concerned citizen noticed oil leaking from large piles of sand on school grounds during the rain storm.

"I called 911 because there was a very strong smell of oil in the air, I saw the oil leaking in the sewer and it's next to a park which is dangerous for children," Joseph Pugliese, a LaSalle citizen journalist said.

The Lester B. Pearson school board says the sand was excavated with two oil tanks that belonged to an old high school auto mechanics class buried there over 50 years ago.

The sand was covered by tarps but the strong winds and rain was blowing it around the area.

"At this point there is no contamination in the water system, the oil collected around the sewer where the pavement was a little broken, they are going to repair that pavement to make sure there is no oil underneath and that it is safe for the future," Suanne Stein Day, Lester B. Pearson chairperson said.

But other concerned residents say the park, just meters away,shouldn't be open.

"This is not normal, it's just beside a park that is full of young children," Louise Cyr said.

The borough, who owns the park, said it sent an inspector and the park is safe enough to remain open.

The city has also confirmed that the water was not contaminated.

The school board says the piles of sand will be dumped by the end of day Thursday.

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