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« on: 15/10/2008 20:27:39 »
A school near Swindon had to be evacuated and two children were taked to hospital with breathing problems after an experiment to make sulphur dioxide went wrong.
What could possibly go wrong?????


 

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« Reply #1 on: 15/10/2008 22:18:46 »
Do they still use Kipp's apparatus? They always seemed pretty reliable - perhaps the fume cupboard fan failed; that would cause a scatter. [xx(]
 

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« Reply #2 on: 15/10/2008 23:51:45 »
Someone cut a fart.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 16/10/2008 00:20:48 »
http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/3760124.Chemical_accident_at_Ridgeway_School/

its a local school in south swindon, probably "litigation panic" setting in !
 

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« Reply #4 on: 16/10/2008 01:05:49 »
Bunsen burning back
 

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« Reply #5 on: 16/10/2008 17:21:54 »
The back of what?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 16/10/2008 19:37:35 »
Barely informed speculation alert.

Copper forms two oxides.

There is a common school laboratory experiment where CuO is dissolved in sulphuric acid to give copper sulphate. Black powder + clear liquid gives blue liquid. If you like, you can evaporate off some of the water and get pretty blue cystals.
All nice and safe and pretty.

Repeating the experiment with Cu2O (the other copper oxide) would initially give copper sulphate and a suspension of powdered copper.
No great harm there.
Heating copper with (moderately concentrated) sulphuric acid generates sulphur dioxide which is stinky, poisonous and provokes asthma in some people.
Oops.

 

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« Reply #7 on: 16/10/2008 19:45:38 »
But why would an experiment done thousands of times suddenly produce enough gas to clear several science labs? Surely they were using a fume cupboard if an asthma inducing gas is about to be produced. I have to produce a risk assessment just for lighting a candle or launching a water rocket.
 

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