Reno Fire Department: Flash fire caused by "simple oversight"

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Updated: 9/04/2014 1:27 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Yesterday afternoon, Reno Fire Department crews received a call about a possible explosion at the Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum in downtown Reno. It was later determined that the incident, which injured 13 people, was not an explosion -- it was a flash fire.

Reno Fire Department officials have determined that the cause of the flash fire was an oversight by a museum presenter who did not follow the correct procedure in creating a routine "dust devil" or "tornado" demonstration, according to a press release sent out by the City of Reno.

"It was a simple oversight by the presenter that caused a flash fire that lasted approximately three to five seconds," Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez says.

Of those 13 who were injured, nine (one adult and eight children) were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center for evaluation. At this time, Renown authorities have indicated that only one child remains in the hospital for observation.

The City of Reno says Reno Fire Department officials met with museum staff early Thursday morning and plan to conduct follow-up meetings.

"Our prevention staff will be meeting with museum staff to review demonstration and safety procedures and make appropriate recommendations as necessary," Hernandez says. "It should be noted that museum staff acted quickly and evacuated patrons in a safe and timely manner which facilitated first responders' actions upon arrival."

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gemini5150 - 9/4/2014 6:40 PM
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an oversite? wtf? no not an oversite the article also states that the demonstrator did not know how to correctly do the presentation! this means that the management at discovery museum is at fault for not correctly training their staff! this is not acceptable, since thousands of our kids have gone to the discovery museum since its opening, this is not acceptable and they need to be investigated, before more children get hurt.

sierra11 - 9/4/2014 1:08 PM
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NV4 is going to take the picture down, I just know it!

sierra11 - 9/4/2014 12:58 PM
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Maybe the camels spit gasoline? I don't know, why are there pictures of camels?

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