School children injured in classroom explosion

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Emergency services rushed to a school in Sydney after nearly a dozen young children suffered burns in a reported explosion.

Ambulance personnel and the CareFlight helicopter were deployed to Manly West Public School in Balgowlah, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, on Monday afternoon.

They responded to multiple patients with burns.

A child seriously injured when a science experiment went wrong was airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, radio station 2GB reported.

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Another was also taken to hospital pending care from specialized medical teams.

All would be in stable conditions later Monday.

The two children with severe burns have been taken to Westmead Children’s Hospital, five children are being treated at RNS Hospital and four at Northern Beaches Hospital.

An adult who also suffered superficial burns did not require hospitalization.

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The incident took place around 1pm on Monday and reportedly involved children aged 10 and 11.

There are reports that the students performed a scientific experiment, mixing sodium bicarbonate and methylated spirits.

Police officers initially responded to what was called a HAZMAT incident shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

Resident Tyson Atkins said he went to the school gate after hearing police sirens and helicopters.

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He told the Nine newspapers that a teacher came out to tell a crowd outside the school that 11 children had been injured. The teacher said all parents of the affected class had already been notified.

-with AAP