Methyl Alcohol

Junior high school students were conducting science experiments in their classroom, using methyl alcohol recommended in their textbook. An explosion of the alcohol vapors occurred resulting in one of the students receiving severe and permanent burn injuries. The plaintiff presented evidence that the published text failed to warn students of the hazardous nature of methyl alcohol and the dangers associated with its foreseeable usage and that the inherently dangerous alcohol product had no place in a junior high school setting when other safer chemicals could have been recommended by the publisher for the same purpose.

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