WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a bottle of sulfuric acid opened as it was being tossed around a junior high classroom, spewing the corrosive liquid and sending 20 people to a Hudson Valley hospital with minor injuries.
East Fishkill Police Lt. Kevin Keefe says two students were apparently playing with the 4 oz. bottle when it was either opened or loosened and sprayed around the room at Van Wyck (WIK) Junior High just after 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He says 18 students and two staffers were taken for treatment and decontamination. Four of the students were hit in the eyes, but most had droplets on their skin or clothing.
Hazardous materials crews cleaned up the spill.
The school is in the Dutchess County village of Wappingers Falls, 60 miles north of New York.