COVINGTON, La. - Two children and an instructor were injured after an accident at a chemistry lab at a summer camp at St. Scholastica High School in Covington Monday morning.
Some members of the summer camp were in the chemistry lab around 10:30 a.m. when a chemical accident occurred. The children who were injured were said to be in the 10- to 12-years-old age range.
According to the Covington Fire Department, the incident occurred as the students were conducting an experiment where sugar is converted to carbon using a heat source, in this case alcohol.
The two students were taken to St. Tammany Hospital and later one was brought to the burn unit at a Baton Rouge hospital and the other to a burn unit at a hospital in Shreveport. An instructor who received burns was treated at St. Tammany Hospital and released.
The extent of the injuries to the children was not known as of 4:45 p.m.
"The school is in touch with the families and will be monitoring the situation," said a statement from St. Scholastica. "We are praying for the children and the teacher, who were directly injured, as well as for the other campers in the camp."