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Small chemical explosion in Queen Creek injures 4 children

QUEEN CREEK — A sheriff’s spokeswoman says four children were injured Monday when a bottle filled with a pool chemical exploded at a Queen Creek-area school.

Pinal County sheriff’s Lt. Tamatha Villar says two boys inserted a piece of tinfoil into the two liter bottle, setting off the explosion on a basketball court at J.O. Combs Middle School.

She says the boys, a girl and one other student suffered what were described as minor to moderate injuries. The injuries include minor burns to their hands and faces.

Villar says the girl appears to have suffered burns to the eyes.

Villar says one boy involved told school officials that the bottle was filled with pool chlorine but sheriff’s investigators weren’t sure yet whether that was the case.

She says school is still in session.

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