Ten middle school students were hospitalized Friday after an apparent cell phone battery failure flooded the air with smoke in Texas.
A student’s cell phone battery began smoking during lunch at Mayde Creek Junior High in Katy, Principal David Paz said in a letter to parents and staff that was obtained by PEOPLE.
A spokesman for the Westlake Fire Department confirmed to PEOPLE that the students were taken to Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial Hermann Hospital for smoke inhalation, though none of the victims suffered “significant” injuries.
He said that the incident had been referred to by authorities as a “cell phone battery explosion” and as a “battery failure.”
A spokesperson for the school district, meanwhile, told PEOPLE that 10 students were “affected by smoke inhalation and ancillary symptoms, such as nausea and irritated eyes,” and were transported to the hospital as a precaution.
Katy ISD Police Department Chief of Police R.E. Jinks confirmed the number of students to PEOPLE.
“I’ve been here for six years and… that’s the first time I’ve ever dealt with a call of that nature,” the Westlake spokesman told PEOPLE of the smoking battery.
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