A primary school student was airlifted to the Royal North Shore Hospital and several others were injured after a classroom experiment went awry on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Emergency services are on the scene at Manly West Public School on Griffiths Street after several students suffered burns as a result of a science experiment.
A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said several students are expected to be taken to hospital but are currently being treated at the school.
Resident Tyson Atkins, who lives about 100 yards down the street from the school, said he went to the gates after hearing police sirens and helicopters.
He said a teacher came out to inform the group that had gathered outside the school about the incident, saying that 11 children had been injured as a result of the blast. The teacher said that all parents in the affected classroom had already been notified.
“The teacher who addressed us said it was a science experiment gone wrong and there were some chemical burns.”
Atkins said there were two helicopters at the scene, as well as eight police cars, five ambulances and two fire trucks.
“Something had to be up, and knowing that there is a school nearby, I thought I should check to see if people were okay,” he said.