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Two students suffer serious burns after teacher set them on fire during science experiment

By Mason White 8:59 AM June 29, 2014
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By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) Two college students suffered serious injuries after a science experiment went bad, rescue workers in New York said.

The Fire Department New York said that two 10th grade students of Beacon School in New York City, were injured when the routine laboratory experiment went horribly wrong.

Anna Poole, the students’ science teacher, hoped to treat her students to rainbow flames resulting from burning four types of nitrates in separate pots. However, methyl alcohol vapors accumulated in the chemistry laboratory on the third floor of the school, and it suddenly exploded in a ball of fire that set 16-year-old Alonzo Yanes on fire.

None of the students at the class were wearing protective glasses. Yanes dropped to the ground and tried to roll until a fire extinguisher and a blanket were used to extinguish the flames.

By the time the fire was extinguished he was seriously injured. Yanes suffered second and third degree burns to the head and neck, while another student, 16-year-old Julia Saltonstall, suffered less serious burns to the neck, head and arm.

The boy was rushed to Cornell Medical Center. Investigators confirmed that methanol or methyl alcohol, caused the experiment to go out of control.