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UPDATE: 7 students, 1 teacher injured in Carlisle classroom explosion

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 28, 2012 3:16 PM
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(Carlisle) -- A small explosion and fire in a Cumberland County eighth-grade science classroom has injured seven students and one teacher.

County spokeswoman Meg Silverstrim says two of the children have been taken by helicopter from Wilson Middle School in Carlisle to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She says the five other students and one teacher were driven to Carlisle Regional Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman says the individuals were treated for what she described as minor injuries.

Silverstrim says the cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation. Crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly, and the school continued with its regular day.

She had no information about the children's medical conditions.

Officials at Johns Hopkins said they can't provide information without the patients' names, which have not been disclosed.

School district officials have not returned messages seeking information about the accident.

*This article has been updated to reflect the accurate number of individuals who have been injured.

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