Monday, September 16, 2013
Six injured in chemical accident at Lone Star High School
All six people exposed to the chemicals were taken to Centennial Hospital and have since been released.
FRISCO Principal Karen Kraft of Lone Star High School said in a letter to parents that all six people injured Monday morning have been released from the hospital. Firefighters were called to a medical emergency after an oxygen tank explosion at the school at 10:01 a.m. on Monday. When they arrived eight minutes later, they saw a nurse treating a student with an emergency oxygen mask, according to a press release.
Officials said when the nurse attempted to change the canisters, the device exploded, which exposed the nurse, another student, an assistant principal and three firefighters to chemicals.
Kraft's email said the chemical was reportedly compared to a liquefied soda ash material with a high pH. A representative of OxySure, the company which produces the canisters and has been partnered with Frisco ISD since 2005, was on site to help determine the cause of the accident.
The nurse and assistant principal returned to work after being released from the hospital.
After the explosion, Frisco Fire Department’s HAZMAT unit was alerted at 10:44 a.m. and arrived 13 minutes later. All six people exposed to the chemicals were taken to Centennial Hospital to be treated for exposure and/or minor burns, according to the release.
The student who was initially being treated at the school was not exposed to chemicals and was released.
The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.
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