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Parents file $27 million lawsuit over high school chemistry experiment that injured 2 students


NEW YORK — The parents of a New York City teenager who was badly injured in a high school chemistry experiment have filed a $27 million lawsuit against the city.

The Daily News reports ( ) that the parents of Alonzo Yanes filed the lawsuit Thursday in Manhattan state Supreme Court.

Yanes and classmate Julia Saltonstall were injured in January during a chemistry class at the Beacon School on the Upper West Side.

A fireball erupted when the teacher performed an experiment that uses methanol to burn dishes of materials.

The experiment has since been banned.

Yanes had second- and third-degree burns and has been left with a badly disfigured ear.

Saltonstall was treated for first-degree burns on her forearms.

A spokesman for the city Law Department said the city will review the lawsuit.

Information from: Daily News,

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