ANNAPOLIS, Md. (CBSDC) — A middle school in Anne Arundel County will open on time Thursday morning a day after two of its employees suffered major burns in a boiler explosion.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools announced on its Facebook page that Bates Middle School will open on time after successful safety inspections were completed. Heat and running water have been returned to the school as well.

Two employees are recovering from major burns after a boiler exploded in the school Wednesday morning.

Authorities say a Medivac was originally called to Bates Middle School to transport the burn victims, but was waved off after the pair were able respond to medical personnel. They were taken to the hospital in an ambulance with significant, but non life-threatening burns.

No students were injured in the explosion, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m. according to Annapolis Fire spokesperson Dale Thompson.

The school was closed for the remainder of the day. The students were taken to the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts — formerly Annapolis High School — where they can be picked up by their parents.

The school sustained minor, non-structural damage in the explosion.

WNEW’s George Mesthos contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter.


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