From: Kirk Hunter <kphunter**At_Symbol_Here**TSTC.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] And ANOTHER likely methanol "accident"
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 11:18:42 -0500
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Probably more likely to be either an "alcohol rocket", alcohol rocket launcher" or an "alcohol canon." Use those search terms for a plethora of scary YouTube videos.

Most of the videos use soda bottles and are ignited by a BBQ sparker. Here's a demo of these launchers on a news program. This guy does emphasize safety, but....

This one uses a 5-gallon water bottle and a butane lighter. The cap has a small hole in it. Notice the high level of safety precautions in this video. <said with dripping sarcasm>

I'm wondering if this is what was being done at the school?

Again, why do teachers think they have to do explosions????

Kirk Hunter

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Wilhelm, Monique <mwilhelm**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Whoosh bottle, maybe? From the way the student described it. Could have been any alcohol.

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Date: 5/26/17 10:21 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [DCHAS-L] And ANOTHER likely methanol "accident"

Scant on details, but note the similarity to last week's: alcohol, fire and being done outdoors. Once again, ask yourself why someone would do an "experiment" outdoors as part of a chemistry class-.because they realized there was a danger and this was their way to deal with it? That sound you hear is my bloodied forehead pounding on the desk.

A high school student was rushed to the hospital after he was injured in an explosion during a chemistry experiment in New Jersey Wednesday.

The incident happened during an outdoor lab session at Perth Amboy High School during an eighth period chemistry class.

Students told Eyewitness News that experiment involved some type of alcohol.. They said the teacher tried to light a match under a gallon-size container, but it didn't work because of the wind. One of the students - the one who was hurt -- then took the matches, tried to light the bottom and the experiment exploded, burning the student.

Several students were nearby when the blast happened, and they said they barely escaped the flame.

"He lit it, and when he lit it he was crouched down," a student said. "So his face was like right there. As soon as he lit it exploded up. It exploded right in his face."

The student who was burned ran from the scene to the nurse's office, and then was flown to the hospital for treatment.

Video version of the report with a few more details on the injury:

The high school web site contains no information. However, if you=E2=80™d like to know more about the school and, in particular, how to contact the Principal, see I think Mrs. Rodriguez would benefit from hearing from some DCHAS members today.

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