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Three of the four remaining students in hospital after Manly West explosion discharged

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Three of the four children who remained in hospital after an explosion at a Northern Beaches primary school yesterday have now been discharged.

One student, being treated at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, is now stable.

Eleven children and a teacher were injured just after lunchtime yesterday after a science experiment went wrong at Manly West Public School in Balgowlah.

Students at Manly West Public School in Sydney were injured in a scientific experiment. (Edwina Pickles)

Two of the students in the year five class – who would be aged 10 or 11 – suffered serious burns to their face and chest after the class mixed what’s believed to be baking soda and methylated spirits in a test known as “the worm”.

The experiment took place outside on the sports field, with the strong winds blamed for the mishap.

An 11-year-old girl was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in the CareFlight helicopter with serious burns.

The other was transported to the same hospital but in an ambulance with a specialist medical care team on board.

Both are now in stable conditions

A dozen people, mostly children, have been injured in an explosion caused by a science experiment gone wrong at a Sydney school. Eleven children and a teacher suffered burns during the accident at Manly West Public School in Balgowlah on the city's northern beaches just after 1pm .
The experiment is known as “the worm”. (nine)
A dozen people, mostly children, have been injured in an explosion caused by a science experiment gone wrong at a Sydney school. Eleven children and a teacher suffered burns during the accident at Manly West Public School in Balgowlah on the city's northern beaches just after 1pm .
The CareFlight helicopter was called to transport one of the children to the hospital. (nine)

“It was meant to be a little science experiment but it got a bit out of hand,” one student told 9News.

One mother said it was “very distressing” to see a helicopter land on the school field.

The remaining nine students were all taken to hospitals including Royal North Shore but had “superficial burns”, according to NSW Ambulance.

The male teacher was rushed to Northern Beaches Hospital with burns.

“All of them, apart from the two in a serious condition, were walking and were stable with relatively superficial injuries,” NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent Phil Templeman said.

“Today’s high winds have impacted the experiment and blown some of the materials around.

“The children have sustained burns to the upper body, chest, face and legs.

“Thankfully, the majority of the students were not badly injured.”

The students were taking part in an experiment at Manly West Public School.
The students were taking part in an experiment. (9News)

A CareFlight helicopter, over a dozen ambulance paramedics and five police cars all responded to the accident.

Investigations, including by the Department of Education, are underway into what happened.

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