San Pedro, CA High School Classroom Blast, Feb 1927

SCHOOL BLAST BURNS GIRLS, PERILS 1200.

CHEMISTRY EXPERIMENT IN SAN PEDRO CLASS EXPLODES -- SPRAYING FLAMING ACID ON STUDENTS, INJURING 17.

WING TO BUILDING HEAVILY DAMAGED; TWO CLASSROOMS AND LABORATORY DESTROYED BY THE RESULTANT BLAZE.

San Pedro, Feb. 15. -- In a series of explosions followed by a fire that turned the laboratories of the San Pedro high school into an inferno of blazing chemicals, 15 students and two teachers were painfully burned or injured today.
MISS CAPITOLA NUNN, a teacher, of Los Angeles, and LOIE GENTRY, a student, were the most seriously injured and are under the care of physicians. Others were treated for first degree burns and sent to their homes.
Others injured were:
THOMAS CARR.
ELTON POWELL.
THELMA CASKELLA.
WELDON MITCHELL.
KATHERINE DAVIDSON.
The students were removed to the San Pedro General Hospital, where they are suffering from burns about the arms and face.
The blast occurred when an experiment being conducted in the laboratory exploded, shooting flaming chemicals about the room. The blaze swept through the laboratory and destroyed the adjoining classrooms before firemen brought it under control.
The 1200 students, including the injured made their way to safety without aid.
No estimate of the damage could be made, but the entire section of the building occupied by the laboratory was said to have been badly damaged by the blast and subsequent flames.

Oakland Tribune California 1927-02-15