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3 La Joya H.S. students burned in science experiment

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La Joya High School - Avondale, AZ La Joya High School - Avondale, AZ

Three students at an Avondale high school were hospitalized after being burned in a science experiment that went awry.

According to Karen Eubanks of the Tolleson Union School District, three teenage girls were attending an after-school science club at La Joya Community High School when the accident occurred Tuesday afternoon. 

"When school was in session, there was a science experiment in the science lab that involved some type of ignition device.  The ignition device ignited as planned, but it went beyond the scope and caught something else on fire which caused some people to be injured and burned," said Avondale Deputy Fire Chief Ron Deadman.

The chemicals the students used were strontium chloride, copper chloride and table salt.

In all, four students and a teacher were injured.  Two of the students, a 15 and 17-year-old, were rushed to Maricopa Medical Center's burn unit with facial injuries.  They remain in stable condition.

A third student was transported to Banner Estrella with minor burns to her arm.

A teacher and an 18-year-old were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Officials say safety policies may be reviewed in the future.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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