Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Science lab fire injures students, teacher at Hendersonville school

Science lab fire injures students, teacher at Hendersonville school

A total of 17 students and a teacher were injured when a high school science experiment in Tennessee went wrong, sparking a flash fire that caused the entire building to be evacuated. Officials said they do not believe what happened was intentional.

The fire department set up fans inside the school to clear the air.

It appears the students were holding different salts over a bunsen burner to demonstrate how flames change different colors depending on the elements.

Hendersonville Fire Department Chief Scotty Bush said in a press conference that numerous students suffered chemical burns - but the injuries vary, the Tennessean reported.

Eight students and a teacher were rushed to nearby hospitals while others received treatment on the scene, principal Darren Frank told WSMV.

"None of the children were actually doused with the chemicals", Dr. Berchaun Nicholls, an emergency room physician at TriStar Henderson, said of the children treated there, per WRKN-TV. "Accidents occur. That's why they are called accidents", said Bush.

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The demonstration resulted in a sudden flash fire lasting three to five seconds with some students receiving second-degree burns, officials said.

"Just knowing they are going to be okay is the best news you can get from the situation", said student Lyric Tubert.

Authorities said they have been airing out the school to make sure no further incidents take place.

Elementary, middle and high school students were evacuated and dismissed.

All the children and the teacher have been discharged from hospital and the school was due to reopen on Thursday.

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