AUSTIN (KXAN) - Five students and three adults at Austin's Burnet Middle School were taken to the hospital Friday in what officials described as an attempt "to create a acid bomb."
AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez said the school was evacuated for a brief period after a secuirity guard found a chemical substance in a container in a student restroom. Fire officials were called to the school and students were allowed back inside by 10:45 a.m. The restroom was cordoned off.
"It's a serious incident," the chief said. "Whether or not (it was planned as) a prank, it's still a serious incident."
The chief said his agency along with the Austin Police Department and arson investigators were looking into the matter. He said the incident happened in a boys' restroom. He said a plastic container with acid was found in the restroom.
The container was described as an acid bomb. Another official said the people who were transported suffered burning eyes and symptoms of nausea. The students had the most severe reaction, the official said.
Officials had not immediately determined exactly what the acid substance was.
Police said anyone arrested in the incident could face charges ranging from criminal mischief to a felony. Authorities said it will not be treated as a childish prank because someone could have been seriously hurt.
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