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Manly West Public School: Students injured in science experiment explosion on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

11 students suffer burns and are rushed to hospital after an explosion during a science experiment gone wrong at a public school on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

  • An explosion rocked Manly West Public School on Sydney’s Northern Beaches
  • It was caused by an experiment with sodium bicarbonate and methylated spirits
  • Eleven people, believed to be students, suffered burns from the explosion



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Eleven students suffered burns when a science experiment caused an explosion at a public school on Sydney’s northern beaches.

The explosion occurred at around 1:45 p.m. at Manly West Public School in Balgowlah.

It is clear that a school science experiment involving bicarbonate of soda, sugar and methylated spirits caused the explosion.

Students have suffered partial to superficial burns, with at least one injury considered serious.

An explosion has occurred at Manly West Public School (pictured) in Northern Beaches, Sydney

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said several road crews and a specialist medical team aboard the CareFlight helicopter were responding to the incident.

Several ambulances and fire and rescue teams are on the scene.

The situation would be ‘under control’.

More to come


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