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15 Middle-School Students Hospitalized After Science Experiment Explodes In Castries

CASTRIES – Fifteen students at Castries Ave Maria Primary School were taken to hospital with burns after a science experiment went up in flames.

The students were injured shortly before 12:30 p.m. today in Castries, St. Lucia, along Vienna corners road in the 240 block.

They were outside working on the experiment when it exploded, said Bob Giles, the business administrator for the school.

The blast caused pandemonium at the elementary school with chemicals landing on at least a half-dozen students, who were taken by ambulance to the burn unit of Children’s Memorial Castries Hospital, said David Foster, fire chief for Castries.

“We just thank God that they are OK and they didn’t get hurt that much,” said Alison Lewis, whose 10-year-old granddaughter, Kate Earnest, was at the school during the explosion.

The children’s injuries did not initially appear to be serious.

They were in good condition in the afternoon, said the School’s spokeswoman Rhiannon Florintina.

Parents were notified shortly after the shocking incident and they amassed in their numbers later, headed to the campus to pick up their children.

“I’m not sure what happened,” said David Benny, who came to get his son, Morgan. “All I know is that there was an experiment and it scared some of the kids.”

As at the time of filing this report, the school has been closed down by the school authorities as investigations are being carried by Firefighters.


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