facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ingredients ID'd in toy grenades that sickened kids in Vietnam

Jan. 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM   |   Comments

DAK SONG, Vietnam, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Toy grenades that sickened 37 schoolchildren in Vietnam contain citric acid and sodium bicarbonate, police in Dak Song District said Thursday.

Neither chemical is classified as toxic, Tuoi Tre News reported.

The toys, manufactured in China, are shaped like grenades. If they are stepped on or hit hard, the two substances combine to produce carbon dioxide, which expands, producing a small explosion.

Children who played with them reported a sharp smell and 37, all students at Chu Van An Primary School in Dak Song, developed symptoms that included chest pain and trouble breathing. All were quickly released from a hospital, but the symptoms recurred in some of the children and they had to be hospitalized again.

The children reported buying the grenades from a store near their school for 5 cents each. Police have seized the store's entire supply.

© 2014 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS Pakistani leader intimately connected to IS
2
John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims John Wayne Gacy room at Rob Zombie's haunted house angers victims
3
Bill O'Reilly lashes out at Colbert for mocking his IS strategy Bill O'Reilly lashes out at Colbert for mocking his IS strategy
4
Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election Nikki Haley lead down to 10 points in S.C. re-election
5
Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood Loose mountain lion spotted in Brentwood
Trending News
x
Feedback