13 hurt, mostly kids, in chemical blast at Reno museum

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Authorities say 13 people have been injured, mostly children, in a chemical explosion during a science demonstration at a museum in downtown Reno.

Reno police Officer Tim Broadway said seven children and two adults were hospitalized with acid burns on their hands, arms and faces. This after an explosion occurred at the Nevada Discovery Museum at about 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez described the injuries as minor to moderate.  Broadway said four people were treated at the scene and released. He didn't know their ages.

The officials said a methyl alcohol and boric acid mixture exploded during a routine exhibit conducted daily to create a whirling tornado effect.

Hernandez said the museum was evacuated, but didn't appear to receive any additional damage.  The officials say the incident is being investigated.

He says the museum itself did not sustain any damage.

No other details have been released. The incident remains under investigation.


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