updated 11/3/2005 4:07:07 PM ET 2005-11-03T21:07:07

About 50 children — half the second grade — were stung by yellow jackets at an elementary school after a child disturbed a tree stump with a nest inside, fire officials said.

None suffered a serious allergic reaction, although two suffered mild reactions, Baltimore County Fire Department spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.

Deep Creek Elementary School’s entire second-grade class of about 100 was studying trees as part of a science class when one child disturbed the wasps’ nest, Armacost said.

About 40 children were taken to area hospitals, but only as a precaution, Armacost said.

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