13 hurt, mostly kids, in chemical blast at museum in Reno

Firefighters confer out side the Nevada Disvory Museum in Reno, Nev., Wednesday Sept. 3, 2014. A minor explosion during a science experiment at the museum burned several children and forced the evacuation of the museum.. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner).

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a demonstration about the science of tornadoes went awry at a Nevada museum, leaving several people with minor burns or smoke inhalation.

Emergency crews responded to a report of a possible explosion at 4:10 p.m. at the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum in downtown Reno.

City of Reno spokesman Matthew Brown said Wednesday night that a preliminary investigation indicates it wasn’t an explosion but a chemical flash, which is “similar to if someone threw gasoline on a fire.”

He said in a statement that eight children and one adult received care at a hospital for minor burns and minor smoke inhalation. Four others were treated at the scene.

Reno resident Joey Sanchez says he was at the museum with his 3 ½-year-old son. He didn’t see the mishap but saw smoke and smelled burning chemicals.

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