Chemistry lab mistake causes fire alarm

By Wesley Emblidge

During seventh period on Friday, March 16, only a few minutes before school was over, the fire alarm was triggered by a student in Dr. Leslie Hart’s chemistry class. The class was performing a series of chemical reaction labs, and the student ignited too much magnesium in a bunsen burner. “I saw it light out of the corner of my eye, and turned around to see a blazing light [coming from one of the lab stations],” said sophomore Max McQuaid.

Moments after igniting the magnesium, Dr. Hart had the student put it out. “A couple seconds after, the fire alarm started going off.” said sophomore Paul Fuchs. Nothing was damaged and no one was hurt, and the alarm was shut off soon after that.