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COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Two boys and a teacher were injured in a science camp experiment at St. Scholastica Academy, school official Elaine Simmons said.

Both boys were sent to burn units — one in Shreveport and the other in Baton Rouge — and the teacher was treated and released, said St. Tammany Parish Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Hodgson.

She said the hospital did not have the parents' permission to release the boys' conditions.

Simmons said she could not give the boys' ages and did not know what kind of experiment was going on Monday at the school's Myth Busters Science Camp.

Parents of all boys and girls at the camp were reached soon after the accident, and a counselor was available to speak to the children and their parents, said Sarah Comiskey McDonald, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The second one-week session of the camp for boys and girls aged 8 to 14 began at noon Monday, according to the school's website. It states that the camp features science activities patterned after the TV show "Mythbusters."

"Join us as we mix chemicals, launch rockets, learn science tricks, and have a myth busting good time!" it says.

"The session will continue throughout the week as scheduled," McDonald said.

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