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Someone Pours Caustic Chemical Over Partying Teens

Burning at least 10
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2019 12:19 PM CDT
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(Newser) – As a throng of teenagers partied at a public housing complex in Manhattan's East Village Saturday night, police were called—but someone upstairs took matters into their own hands before authorities arrived. White paint and a caustic chemical were poured from overhead into the courtyard, and at least 10 teens were burned, the New York Times reports. The six girls and four boys, ages 15 to 18, were all treated at a hospital for minor burns, though the mother of one victim says her daughter showed her pictures of partygoers with large burns. Other parents told her it was an orange-colored drain cleaner that was poured on the teens, but police have not confirmed that or given any further details. No arrests have been made, and PIX 11 reports police have not yet confirmed where the substance came from.

A young man reportedly advertised the party, which had a $10 entrance fee, on social media, drawing up to 300 young people to a basement room in the First Houses development that is normally reserved for tenant meetings. The tenants' association president says he had not rented the room out, and residents of the building say they don't think the party host lives there. As music blasted, the partygoers spilled out into the courtyard, and the party had been going on only around an hour when police were called. Some of the injured teens ran to a deli nearby to get milk to put on the burns, and the aforementioned parent says she thinks some kids who were hurt were scared to tell their parents and have not gotten medical help. (Read more New York stories.)

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