Acid bomb forces evacuation of Austin school

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Officials are investigating what appeared to be an acid bomb that forced the evacuation of an Austin middle school and forced eight people to seek treatment for inhaling chemical vapors.

A security guard at Burnet Middle School discovered what officials described as an unfinished acid bomb inside a boys' bathroom Friday morning. Eric Mendez, chief of police for the school district, told the Austin American-Statesman ( ) that 1 of the school's hallways would have been affected if it had exploded.

Five students were treated for minor respiratory issues and released. Three school staff members were treated at the scene.

Palmer Buck, an Austin Fire Department battalion chief, said it was not known what chemicals were involved, but it was being investigated as more than just a child's prank.

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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