KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) --
Students were forced to evacuate West High School around 11:30 this morning after a science experiment caused smoke and fumes to set off an alarm in the building.
Knoxville Fire Captain Chris Dyer tells VolunteerTV that a senior student was doing the experiment in a small room between two classrooms when the reaction occurred.
"He mixed a chemical and sugar and the heating source and it produced enough smoke in that small area to set the smoke alarms off."
Dyer says there was never any fire, just a lot of smoke that could cause minor eye and throat irritation. He says no students have reported symptoms.
"our guys went in and we determined fairly quickly from the teacher and the student involved what we were dealing with and that it was pretty safe to just eject the smoke."
Firefighters ventilated the area, before letting students back in the school around noon.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.