Chemistry teacher burned at Maple Shade High School

A chemistry teacher at Maple Shade High School suffered burns while mixing materials this morning.

The teacher was working during his prep period when the chemical reaction occurred at about 9:15 a.m., Maple Shade Superintendent Michael Livengood said.

The instructor was mixing sodium nitrate and glucose, and the chemicals burst into flames. The teacher, who was wearing safety goggles, put his hands up protect his face and burned his hand, Livengood said.

No students were in the classroom at the time.

The teacher was taken to a hospital. The burn was considered minor, according to Burlington County dispatchers.

No damage to the classroom was reported.

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