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Coroner's Inquest into Death of Student Begins Monday

A coroner's inquest begins tomorrow into the death of Eric Leighton in a shop class explosion three years ago.

The 18-year-old student at Mother Teresa High School died from injuries sustained in an incident during class on May 26, 2011.

Students were making barbecues out of a steel drum, and the drum Leighton was working on ignited and blew up.

The inquest will examine the circumstances surrounding Leighton's death, and may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths in the future.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board was fined $275,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

An investigation found the barrel Leighton was using had been washed out with a flammable cleaner and stored with its caps closed prior to the class project.

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