'Flash' at Discovery Museum injures 13; 8 children, 1 adult at hospital

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Updated: 9/04/2014 12:04 am
UPDATE: 8:05 p.m.
Official Statement from Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum:

On September 3, 2014 at 4:08 p.m., the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum (The Discovery) was conducting a routine experiment when the demonstration caused an unexpected “flash.”

Eight minors and one adult were affected and were immediately transported to Renown Regional Medical Center by REMSA for treatment.

The staff of The Discovery responded immediately and according to their training. There was no serious damage to the building and everyone was safely evacuated. The cause of the incident is under investigation by the Reno Fire Department. The entire staff at The Discovery is focused on the health and wellbeing of those impacted by today’s incident.

“Our primary focus right now is on Discovery patrons and their safety,” said Mat Sinclair, executive director for The Discovery. “All those affected by today’s incident continue to be in our thoughts and we are committed to determining the cause of this incident.”

We would like to thank the staff of The Discovery and first responders for their quick action. The Discovery is cooperating fully with all entities involved. Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available.

UPDATE: 5:02 p.m.
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- News 4 has now learned that 13 have been injured, with seven kids and two adults transported to the hospital with chemical burns on hands and faces.

UPDATE: 4:50 p.m.
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- According to Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez, the flash took place during a demonstration that happens regularly at the museum: a smoke tornado.

Eight children and one adult are now reported injured, some with burns of unknown degree.

The building has been evacuated and Hazmat is examining the air to determine whether or not it is toxic.

No damage was done to the museum itself.

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m.
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- News 4 is on scene of a flash that took place at the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum Wednesday afternoon.

According to Reno Police, the incident happened a little after 4 p.m. 911 was called from the Discovery Museum at that time and current reports say six children and one adult have been injured. Conditions of the kids are unknown at this time.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation and is unknown. Reno Police does say, however, that it occurred while an experiment was going on in the museum.

Explosion at Discovery Museum 9/3/14 (KRNV)
Explosion at Discovery Museum 9/3/14 (KRNV)
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- An emergency situation has been reported at the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum in Reno. A News 4 reporter is on scene and more information will be posted as it becomes available.
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jiggyles - 9/5/2014 10:16 AM
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This is very unfortunate. I'm pretty sure the demonstrator, didn't want an accident to happen. I do hope everyone is okay. https://vid.me/Fg6

sierra11 - 9/4/2014 12:56 PM
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What do the pictures of the camels have to do with anything?

menochson - 9/3/2014 4:53 PM
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happened today? It's Wednesday, not Thursday

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