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Sprinkler Head Freezes, Bursts Leading to Closed School

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014  |  Updated 11:04 AM EDT
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Sprinkler Head Freezes, Closes School



A pipe burst overnight forcing an area school to close.

Freedom High School students were told to stay home Wednesday from the Bethlehem, Pa. school.

The Bethlehem Area School District announced that the school sprinkler system pipe burst in the building on Chester Avenue.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy told NBC10 that the sprinkler head froze and broke in the ceiling above the gym lobby entrance sending a lot of water down and damaging ceiling tiles.

Roy said luckily the gym wasn't damaged.

Due to fire department regulations they had to close the school since the sprinklers weren't properly working.

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The district said students and parents should expect the school to be open as scheduled Thursday.

All schools in the district were already delayed two hours due to cold conditions.

This pipe problem came as the Philadelphia School District continues to deal with a pipe that burst over the weekend at Edison High School causing the North Philly school to be closed all week including Wednesday morning.

It also came on the same morning that a pipe burst at Abington High School that caused flooding and the evacuation of the school.

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