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Suspicious Soil Halts Wake School's Construction

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Construction has been halted at Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School.(WRAL-TV5 News)
RALEIGH — The discovery of contaminated soil has halted construction on a new Wake County school.

Workers at the Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School were drilling holes for foundation supports when they smelled a strong odor of gasoline.

School leaders tested the soil and discovered gasoline, diesel fuel, oil and grease. Monday night, the school board halted construction for two weeks while it investigates.

In an earlier phase of the construction, work was stopped by the discovery of an historical site.

Administrators say it is unlikely the school will open on time in 2001.


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