16 year old Alonzo Yanes and 16 year old Julia Saltonstall suffered severe personal injury after their chemistry teacher performed a chemical experiment that mistakenly turned into an explosion. Anna Poole, the teacher was demonstrating how different crucibles when set on fire have different flame colors. According to the New York Post, the explosion happened when the teacher used lighter fluid to try to re-ignite the fire a second time. The crucibles exploded into a ball of fire that raged across the counter and engulfed Alonzo who was standing a couple of feet away from the crucibles. The student suffered second and third degree burns to his head and neck. Julia also suffered burn injuries to her neck.
Last year, our partner Jeffrey Bloom, settled a similar personal injury case for $3,450,000 after a 16 year old boy suffered second and third degree burns when an explosion occurred during a science experiment at his high school. Read more about it here