by HANNAH MACKENZIE | WLOS
HIGHLANDS, N.C. (WLOS) — A 12-year-old North Carolina boy is on a long road to recovery after a science experiment exploded, leaving him with second-and third-degree burns on 50% of his body, his family said.
Kyle McKim told WLOS his 12-year-old son, Barrett, was working on a science project Thursday at their Highlands home when something went horrifically wrong.
“It involved a Bunsen burner, and he was using a number of things. Alcohol was in the mix. Somehow in that process, that got ignited and kind of blew up and back into his face. He’s burned on about 50 percent of his body, and my understanding is that about 20% of those are third-degree and 30% are second-degree,” McKim said. “Fortunately, he was wearing protective glasses, which certainly helped, but he was wearing a synthetic shirt, which ended up being a real contributor in the fire staying and trying to get that off as it kind of melted away with the accelerant on there.”
Caroline McKim was also badly burned in the accident as she tried to save her son, McKim said.
“Caroline, although she’s yet to believe it, is a hero and I think a lot of the reason Barrett is alive,” Kyle said.