Reno Discovery Museum Explosion: 13 Injured in Science Experiment Accident

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 3, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

An explosion at the Discovery Museum in Reno, Nevada has injured up to 13 people.

The explosion on Wednesday afternoon happened during a science experiment.

Reno Fire Chief Mike Hernandez says six children, and possibly eight, were taken to a Reno hospital with what he described as minor to moderate burns, reported the Reno Gazette-Journal.

“Hernandez said it was a routine experiment involving the simulation of a tornado that is conducted daily at the Discovery Museum on the south edge of downtown across the street from the federal courthouse. He says the museum itself did not suffer any damage,” it reported.

However, the museum was disputing reports on its Twitter account.

“Preliminary reports of an explosion at the museum are inaccurate. A routine science demonstration didn’t happen as usual causing a flash,” it said.

The 67,000 square foot museum is now the focus of an investigation.

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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.