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Students hurt in NSW science lab explosion | The Australian #FRNSW

ELEVEN students and a teacher are being monitored in hospital after an explosion at a high school science lab in the NSW southern highlands.

Paramedics were called to the Moss Vale school at 12.43pm (AEST) on Tuesday after a glass flask containing the chemical sodium hydroxide exploded.

The science class of 23 year 7 students was doing a routine “fountain” experiment when the accident occurred, Tom Cooper of NSW Fire and Rescue said.

“They were conducting a fountain experiment where you have a flask down below and some tubing that goes up into another flask above it and you try to create a gas,” he told Fairfax radio.

“The gas inside the top of the flask has caused it to explode and basically the students have been splashed with one of the chemicals.”

The students suffered slight burns to their hands and faces, he said.

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Emergency crew members wet the students down and they were transferred to Bowral hospital where they are in a stable condition.

The families of the students have been informed and officers from Fire and Rescue NSW and Goulburn Police were investigating.

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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