First National Bank Tower evacuated due to potentially dangerous fumes


Employees inside the First National Bank building in downtown Omaha will be allowed to go back to work Friday morning.

More than 2,000 people were evacuated from the building because of potentially dangerous fumes Thursday morning.

Twenty-five of the people inside had to be taken to hospitals around Omaha.

Officials are not sure exactly what caused the leak, but investigators say they're looking into two specific things:

  1. The HVAC system in the building.
  2. Construction products being used on the 9th floor

They say the whole building was evacuated and everyone was taken to a hotel across the street.

Officials say there was a school field trip at the bank when the leak happened.

They say all those students are accounted for and are at the hotel as well.

The building was turned back over to First National Bank personnel Thursday evening. Officials say those personnel will keep an eye on the air quality through a third party provider.

Only security will be allowed in the building until Friday morning at 6 o'clock.

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