Chemical explosion at Auckland high school

5:40 pm on 6 December 2016

Westlake Boys High School in Auckland has been evacuated after a chemical explosion in one of its laboratories.

Firefighters were called to the school shortly after 2pm after a jar of bromine exploded.

Fire Service shift manager Jaron Phillips said the chemicals had now been isolated inside a hazardous materials drum.

Fire crews were still at the scene, including a hazardous materials unit, which was decontaminating the area and airing the building.

Mr Phillips said there were no reports of injuries.