Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Eerie photographs capture the closed-down classrooms of a school that’s been left untouched, with microscopes, trophies and even dangerous chemicals intact.

School’s certainly out forever at this lost location in Birmingham, Ala., although the classrooms appear at first still to be in use, with supplies littering the surfaces.

Layers of dust line the auditorium, stools are stacked on desks and sporting trophies remain pristinely secured in a glass cabinet.

In the biology lab, the shelves and crumbling counters are lined with large jars that bear decaying labels for chemicals from ammonium nitrate to sulfuric acid.

The school was built in 1908 and enrolled up to 2,000 pupils at its peak, educating local children for many decades before it closed 10 years ago.

Leland Kent, 33, from Amelia Island in Florida, visited the site, which is now partially used as a storage and garage space for vehicles from neighboring schools. Leland, a professional photographer, said: “I was amazed at how much was left inside the school.”

He continues, “The library shelves were full of books and classrooms were full of desks. The chemicals were something you would find in your chemistry lab in most schools. Several of the chemicals could pose a risk if mishandled, including the large glass jug of sulfuric acid or the multiple bottles of ammonium nitrate.”

Regarding the jars and bottles, Leland explains, “The chemicals were supposedly removed after the school closed 10 years ago. Obviously that never happened and the chemicals were left in an unlocked chemical closet in the laboratory.”

“Besides the labs, the auditorium was my favorite part of the school, simply because of the old orange curtains hanging over the stage and windows.” After Leland’s images were made public, the chemicals have been removed from the site.

You can see more of his work at: www.abandonedsoutheast.com

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Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Abandoned corridor with lockers. Some look vandalized, others look like they’ve been abandoned for only a few days rather than 10 years. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

In the biology lab of the school, the chemicals were never taken out — potentially dangerous ones were left, including sulfuric acid. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Now-empty lockers and a signboard. It has certainly been dress out day for a long time. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A chemistry closet in the biology lab. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

The auditorium. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A sports hall with stacked chairs. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Chemicals for biology classes. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A broader view of the auditorium. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A geography classroom, with the globe and the rest still in good condition. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

More chemicals for biology classes. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

The school trophy cabinet still holds sporting accolades from the school’s history. The school had been open for nearly 100 years before closing. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A lab with microscopes still on the tables. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

An old label on an old bottle in the abandoned biology lab of the school. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A taxidermy cabinet still looking pristine and almost untouched. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

One of the other labs, with microscopes on the tables. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Another corridor with lockers. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A left-behind jug of sulfuric acid. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Books on shelves. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

The label on the bottle of acid looks like it’s been corroded by time. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Another view from the balcony of the school auditorium. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

Neat but fading handwriting on a chemical bottle. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

From a corner of the biology lab. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A decapitated chemical bottle. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

Eerie photographs capture abandoned school filled with dangerous chemicals

A close-up view of seats in the auditorium. (Photo: Leland Kent/Caters News)

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