Emergency crews responded to a report of a possible explosion at
Eight children and one adult were transported to a
Four other people were treated at the scene, but their ages were not available, he said. Officials at
Officials said a methyl alcohol and boric acid mixture is used during the exhibition conducted each day to create a whirling tornado effect.
"The injuries were the result of a mishap of a routine museum demonstration that simulates a tornado," the city's statement said Wednesday night. "
"Our primary focus right now is on Discovery patrons and their safety," said
As he and his 3 1/2-year-old son returned from the restroom, he saw smoke and some children with injuries that looked like little red circles. Sanchez said he saw one child crying with an ice pack on his face.
"It didn't smell like anything caught on fire, it smelled like burning chemicals," he said.
A hazardous materials team responded to the scene to ensure the explosion did not spew toxic gases throughout the museum, Hernandez said. He said the injured were transported to the hospital within 15 minutes. The street in front of the museum across from the federal courthouse was temporarily closed but reopened after
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