- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

RAYMOND, Ill. (AP) - Three Cub Scouts and their adult leader have been injured after an experiment caused a chemical explosion in Montgomery County.

Raymond Mayor Dennis Held tells KSDK-TV the boys were having a meeting outside a church Monday evening when they conducted an annual experiment. The explosion occurred when they mixed boric acid and anti-freeze in a metal fire pit with the intention of making a green flame.

The boys were airlifted to a Springfield-area hospital. The boy who had conducted the experiment suffered burns to his arms, face and hair. The other two boys suffered facial burns.

The adult leader was taken to an area hospital with burns.

Their conditions were unclear early Tuesday.

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