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Police arrest science teacher after a chemistry experiment sparks a ‘humongous’ explosion

A science teacher has been arrested after creating an explosion in his back garden during a chemistry experiment for his students. 

Yogi Krusel, 51, from Girton, Cambridge, mixed two compounds in his chemistry experiment before causing a ‘humongous’ explosion at his home and sharing it with his students online.

During the five-second footage viewers watch in shock as compounds appear to smoke in a barbecue before an almighty bang and flash of light.   

Science teacher Yogi Krusel, 51, from Girton, Cambridge, was arrested after creating an explosion in his back garden during a chemistry experiment for his students

During the five-second footage the barbecue in his garden appears to smoke and sparks erupt from inside

During the five-second footage the barbecue in his garden appears to smoke and sparks erupt from inside

The barbecue lid then flies off and a large explosion is heard accompanied by a flash of light

The barbecue lid then flies off and a large explosion is heard accompanied by a flash of light

Five days after the explosion police in gas masks turned up at Mr Krusel’s house and he was arrested under the Explosives Act.

Neighbours were also told to evacuate the area. 

According to Mr Krusel’s family, the teacher, who used to teach at the Cambridge Steiner School and is now listed as an education consultant,  later collapsed in his cell and taken to hospital.

He has now been discharged and remains under police investigation.

In his experiment Mr Krusel mixed two compounds together before sparking a 'humongous' explosion

The teacher wanted to share the experiment with his students

In his experiment Mr Krusel mixed two compounds together before sparking a ‘humongous’ explosion

Police later turned up at Mr Krusel's house and arrested him under the Explosives Act however his daughter told The Sun her father had not done anything wrong

Police later turned up at Mr Krusel’s house and arrested him under the Explosives Act however his daughter told The Sun her father had not done anything wrong

Mr Krusel’s daughter, who does not wish to be named, told The Sun her father had not done anything wrong and had not anticipated the big explosion.

She told the paper: ‘He was just trying to do something to be fun for his students.

‘Police turned up with gas masks and took my mum and brother away, they didn’t even let my brother put his shoes on.

‘If it has been a serious matter people would have come on the Thursday when the explosion actually happened.’

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman added: ‘This is not being connected to terrorism.’

An original video of the experiment can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH6DMukVjZQ

 

 

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