Teacher hurt in science lab explosion

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A SCIENCE teacher suffered burns after a chemical exploded during a demonstration to pupils at Garstang Community Academy.

The teacher was conducting a experiment in a science laboratory using silver nitrate when the chemical flared up, leaving her with burns to her face and hands.

Paramedics were called to the scene at 10.52am yesterday and were joined by 10 firefighters from Garstang and Lancaster and police.

The 49-year-old woman was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital. No pupils were hurt.

There was no fire for crews to extinguish, but there was damage to a desk and a wall.

In a statement to parents on the school’s website, headteacher Phil Birch, said: “I am writing to inform you that there has been an incident within our science department today which led to a substantial release of smoke, as a result of which emergency services were called on to our site.

“I am pleased to confirm that no children have been injured as a result of this incident. However, if you become aware of your child showing any signs of irritation, you are advised to seek medical attention.

“I can also inform you that we have sought advice from the appropriate authorities who are investigating the incident.

“Thank you for your support in this difficult matter.”

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.