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Wallkill Valley Regional High School re-opened today, November 30, three days after a nearby house explosion caused damage the school. The blast, which occurred around 11 p.m. on November 27, is believed to have been caused by a leaking above-ground propane tank.
An engineer thoroughly checked the building and deemed it safe for students to return. Damage to the school included broken windows, a broken door, fallen lights, and fallen ceiling tiles. There were also cracks on block walls which are not structural but an engineer will reportedly be monitoring them.
The high school was closed on November 28 and 29 and operated on a delayed opening schedule today. The 8th grade and freshman dance that was scheduled for tonight was cancelled as well as the Fall Sports Awards. Additionally, the Wallkill Valley Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled to December 5.
View surveillance video of the school during the blast in the New Jersey Herald's video below and read the NJHerald.com story here.