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Hot dogs lead to chaos at recent band competition

Firetrucks arriving at 3:11 p.m.
Daylin Arellano
Firetrucks arriving at 3:11 p.m.

Students at the band competition were cooking hot dogs when heaps of steam caused the fire alarm to go off on Feb. 24. 

Three students were cooking hot dogs which set-off fire alarms at 2:50 p.m. Everyone was instructed to evacuate the building while waiting for the fire department to arrive. Four fire trucks arrived as the opposing bands got to JFKMHS.

Originally, the hot dog stand was by the gym and directly underneath the fire alarm. The hot dog stand was then moved to the cafeteria after the alarm went off.

Students reported that the situation was chaotic; no one knew what to do because the competition was about to begin. The band competition continued after the situation was resolved by the fire department.

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    Bryce TarnowskiMar 4, 2024 at 11:16 am

    I’m glad all of that was resolved and that nobody got hurt. Thanks for the updates. For not the sake of this article, I would’ve never known about this incident.