updated 11/2/2007 10:44:12 PM ET 2007-11-03T02:44:12

Two students sprayed a noxious gas in the main hallway of a high school, sickening 43 students and sending six to the hospital, police said.

Police arrested the two students, ages 16 and 17, who told authorities they found the unmarked aerosol can while trick-or-treating on Halloween. Investigators aren’t sure what was in it.

Dozens of Lodi High School students complained of tightness in their chests and difficulty breathing after the can was sprayed in the hallway on Thursday. Six were sent briefly to the hospital.

Officials were also investigating a report that one student was sprayed while walking to school. He also complained of chest pains and labored breathing.

The incident forced the cancellation of a groundbreaking ceremony planned for a new gymnasium in the school, which is located about 35 miles south of Sacramento.

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