Student at Ottawa high school explosion regains pulse-student now deceased


petros
#1
An 18-year-old student who was seriously injured in an Ottawa high school autoshop explosion and lost his vital signs was later revived in hospital.

Paramedics called to the school late Thursday morning had originally confirmed the male died at the shop at Ottawa's Mother Teresa Catholic High School.

They later said the student's vital signs were absent en route to the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus but resuscitation efforts were successful and he regained a pulse. His injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

A 17-year-old boy was originally believed to be suffering serious injuries, but Ottawa paramedics spokesman J.P. Trottier later said the boy's injuries were not serious and said he is in stable condition at hospital.

At least three other students and one teacher were taken to hospital as a precaution.

A drum of oil in the shop is believed to have ignited, causing the blast, according to witnesses. It is not known exactly how the drum exploded, but students from the class said it contained peppermint oil, which is combustible when exposed to heat.

The school of about 1,400 was evacuated and the students transported to Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School.
Students and a teacher told CBC News that the school's public address system was down, and the order to evacuate had to be given verbally from class to class.

Ottawa fire services spokesman Marc Messier said there was no fire with the explosion and no severe structural damage.
Hazardous material crews are investigating and assessing the damage.
 
Colpy
#2
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

An 18-year-old student who was seriously injured in an Ottawa high school autoshop explosion and lost his vital signs was later revived in hospital.

Paramedics called to the school late Thursday morning had originally confirmed the male died at the shop at Ottawa's Mother Teresa Catholic High School.

They later said the student's vital signs were absent en route to the Ottawa Hospital's Civic campus but resuscitation efforts were successful and he regained a pulse. His injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

A 17-year-old boy was originally believed to be suffering serious injuries, but Ottawa paramedics spokesman J.P. Trottier later said the boy's injuries were not serious and said he is in stable condition at hospital.

At least three other students and one teacher were taken to hospital as a precaution.

A drum of oil in the shop is believed to have ignited, causing the blast, according to witnesses. It is not known exactly how the drum exploded, but students from the class said it contained peppermint oil, which is combustible when exposed to heat.

The school of about 1,400 was evacuated and the students transported to Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School.
Students and a teacher told CBC News that the school's public address system was down, and the order to evacuate had to be given verbally from class to class.

Ottawa fire services spokesman Marc Messier said there was no fire with the explosion and no severe structural damage.
Hazardous material crews are investigating and assessing the damage.

According to the National Post, the kid was cutting into a propane tank!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
petros
#3
Why on earth?????
 
Colpy
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Why on earth?????

Believe me, I can't imagine. the same article said they were making BBQs.

Impulsive, invincible kids......

'Hey! Let's see what happens when........"

Beyond belief.

Now they are saying on CBC it was fumes from an oil drum that ignited......

Huh????
 
petros
#5
I don't think National Post quoted the kid properly or the kid didn't explain it properly?
 
CUBert
#6
1,400 students were evacuated to another school?
 
lone wolf
#7
BOOM scare bejeepers out of people....
 
shadowshiv
#8
According to an article on msn.ca, the student has unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.
 
SLM
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by shadowshiv View Post

According to an article on msn.ca, the student has unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

I saw that on the news last night. 18 years old. So young.
 
shadowshiv
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

I saw that on the news last night. 18 years old. So young.

And more than likely a preventable death. The explosion should never have happened. Safety precautions should have taken place. I imagine that there will be a lengthy investigation into this to see who was at fault.
 
karrie
#11
According to the last article I saw, the drum they were cutting apart to make a BBQ out of, had at one time contained peppermint oil. I can see why they would not give it a second thought. So many things in life are like that.... looking back it's easy to say 'well of course!' But, at the time, until you see it happen to someone, it just isn't a concern. Even my hubby, who's a petroleum engineering technologist and has spent his life around volatile chemicals, sat there reading the article and said 'peppermint can't do that, can it?'
 
petros
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

Even my hubby, who's a petroleum engineering technologist and has spent his life around volatile chemicals, sat there reading the article and said 'peppermint can't do that, can it?'

Even natural oils from plants when heated and vapourized will go kaboom in a confined space.

This is a horrible misfortune for all involved.
 
lone wolf
#13
Someone started their cut on the bottom....

Rest In Peace
 
shadowshiv
#14
Petros, I added the words 'student now deceased' to the thread's title. I hope that's okay.
 
TenPenny
#15
Any barrel that had oil in it is supposed to be steam cleaned before cutting, and for extra safety, you can fill it with water.

A nasty lesson in volatility.
 

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