ELK GROVE, CA - Two Elk Grove middle school students were hurt Monday when a science experiment went awry.

Liz Graswich, spokeswoman for the Elk Grove Unified School District, said the kids were in a Joseph Kerr Middle School science class being held at a nearby park. Upon preliminary investigation, chlorine tablets and rubbing alcohol may have been combined and the resulting chemical reaction caused a small explosion.

According to Graswich, the students suffered injuries which she described as similar to a first-degree sunburn. One student was transported to a hospital at the parent's request and the other went home with a parent, Graswich said.

The mishap occurred at approximately 2 p.m.

The districtwill conduct an investigation to determine ifcurriculum standards were beingfollowed, Graswich said.

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