Category: Safety
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Dateline:  March 2015

In a period of five weeks, there were three separate incidents in which children were burned when science demonstrations involving methanol burst into flames.   Each of the demonstrations used salts to generate colored flames from the burning of the methanol.


The first incident was in Reno, Nevada at the Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum in September of 2014.  The “Fire Tornado” demonstration featured a spinning tray with cotton balls soaked in methanol that created a twisting fire with different colors.  In this particular day, the cotton balls did not ignite, so the demonstrator poured more methanol

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