4 students suffer burns after botched chemical experiment
Four boys suffered burns to their faces and hands after a fire started while they were conducting a chemical experiment on the banks of the Arakawa River at Hinodecho in Tokyo’s Adachi Ward on Saturday.
According to police, the boys, aged 15 and 16, were among a group of 11 members of the Adachi Gakuen science club. Emergency services received a call just after 3 p.m., saying that a fire had burned some of the boys, TBS reported.
The four boys were taken to hospital but their condition is not serious, police said.
According to the other boys, they were experimenting with magnesium, oxidized copper and alumunium when the fire broke out. Witnesses said the flames were two meters high, TBS reported.