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Reno museum reopens after experiment goes awry

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Updated: 9/04 11:24 am

RENO (AP) — One child remains hospitalized in good condition after a group of children and adults were burned in a chemical flash during a tornado demonstration Wednesday at the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum in downtown Reno.

The museum reopened Thursday, although the tornado demonstrations have been suspended.

Reno spokesman Matthew Brown says eight children and one adult were taken to a hospital with minor burns or smoke inhalation. Four other people were treated at the scene. Reno police said several children suffered acid burns on their hands, arms and faces.

Brown told The Associated Press that a preliminary investigation indicates it was not an explosion but a chemical flash similar to throwing gasoline on a fire.

Museum executive director Mat Sinclair said the facility's primary focus is on its patrons.


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