School dismissed early from traffic hazard; highway reopens in Duplin County

DUPLIN COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A major highway in Duplin County has reopened after dense smoke closed it this morning.

Car crashes on U.S. 117 near Magnolia began around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and emergency crews worked to shut down the highway Sheffield Road near Magnolia, to Brooks Quinn Road near Rose Hill.

Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School shut down at 10:00 a.m. after smoke got into the school.

Officials said the smoke is coming from a legal, prescribed fire on private property that happened over the weekend, which continued to burn.

Duplin County Emergency Management says weather conditions such as low relative humidity and light winds have caused the smoke to remain in the area.

No structures were involved in the fire, and no serious injuries have been reported.

The highway reopened around noon, but emergency officials caution that it could be shut down again tonight.