Reno, NV, United States (4E) – A routine science demonstration caused an explosion and fire at a Reno museum Wednesday afternoon injuring 13 people, mostly children.
Eight minors and one adult were taken to the Renown Regional Medical Center by members of the Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) for treatment of chemical burns and inhalation, said Mat Sinclair, executive director for The Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno.
Among the injured were Jcakie Rider’s children Hayden, 6, and River, 4. Both suffered burns on their arms and legs. Rider’s nephew, Logan, suffered burns on his arm while her niece Caylee suffered burns on her face.
The children and their parents were watching a museum staff mix chemicals on a table top to produce a fire tornado when there was a flash followed by fire.
The Reno Fire Department is investigating what caused the accident. The museum is cooperating with the investigation.
Our primary focus right now is on Discovery patrons and their safety,” said Sinclair. “All those affected by today’s incident continue to be in our thoughts and we are committed to determining the cause of this incident.”