FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The Fairfax County school system announced it will suspend all open-flame experiments in science classrooms until further notice.
Superintendent Karen K. Garza announced Monday the school system will thoroughly review its science curriculum and update safety protocols following a fire that broke out during a classroom demonstration on Friday at W.T. Woodson High School.
Fire Chief Richard Bowers says a teacher was using a flammable liquid to demonstrate how chemicals can change the color of a flame. The experiment got out of hand and fivestudents were burned and taken to the hospital. The teacher was also burned and the school was evacuated.
School and fire officials have not released many details about how the incident unfolded.
The teacher has not responded to news agencies’ requests for comment.
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