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Chemistry lesson ends in explosion; SCHOOLS.

Seven A-level students were rushed to a Birmingham hospital after an explosion during a chemistry lesson yesterday.

Pupils at Queen Elizabeth's Mercian School, in Tamworth, Staffordshire, were about to begin an experiment when a bottle of silicone tetrachloride exploded as two teachers opened it.

Paramedics were called to the school just before 4.20pm, along with police and firefighters.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "The crews were told two teachers were opening a bottle of silicone tetrachloride when it exploded. The teachers began to suffer the effects of breathing in fumes.

"Seven students, all aged 17 and 18 were taken to Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham. Although they showed no symptoms, they were in the room as the time the bottle exploded and were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Two other teachers who were in the area began to experience throat irritation and were treated at the scene."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called in to decontaminate the laboratory once it had been made safe.
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Date:May 1, 2008
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