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Preschool rainbow fire science project goes wrong injuring 12 children

By Mason White 11:14 AM May 29, 2017
Crayons (illustration)
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By: William Martin

(Scroll down for video) What was supposed to be a fun activity and an exciting way to end the school year, turned into a scary time for children and their parents.

The incident occurred at the Yellow School of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas.

30 children were sitting on the school patio watching their teacher conduct the “rainbow experiment,” which consists of burning chemicals to create rainbow flames.

The teacher mixed boric acid with methanol and tried to light it,
but when it did not work, she added more alcohol, causing it to explode.

The 12 students, who are between 3 and 4-years-old, suffered first and second-degree burns. The children were transported to a hospital shortly before noon. They were treated and released.

The teacher suffered bruises while trying to protect her students.

One distraught parent was injured in a car crash while rushing to the school after hearing about the accident.