By firefighter - 08/09/2009 22:10 - United States
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ok, so i don't know what kind of shitty school you go to, but you don't just "blow up" dangerous chemicals for the fuck of it. So either this is way fake or the OP doesn't understand the experiment that was being carried out and clearly needed to be as far away from any fire extinguishers as possible.
#23 At my school, the chem class uses a gas in a container that they light and cause a very loud explosion. It's not very dangerous, just a rapid expansion and some flames. I can see why they would have a fire extinguisher. You have to be prepared for anything to go wrong, especially in a room full of students. She does not sound stupid, just scared. At my school, the ceiling tiles pop up in a 1 classroom radius. On top of that, the teacher doesn't tell them what he is doing, so they all jump. It's pretty funny actually.
Don't worry, your schoolmates probably laughed it off, and since your teach didn't specify what 'out of control' is, they can't fine you. Still pretty funny :)
Actually out of control is quite well defined. i.e. Something is out of control when you can no longer control it. If the fire grew too hot to turn off the fuel, or if the experiment itself was self-sustaining and exothermic, then it's out of control. If the teacher turned on the burner and OP freaked out, she should definitely not be the one with the safety equipment. YDI