Chemical Explosion Triggers Evacuation At University Of Pittsburgh

Rob Shimshock | Education Reporter

A chemical explosion Wednesday afternoon triggered the evacuation of a University of Pittsburgh building.

The University of Pittsburgh said that a fume hood, which protects students from exposure to toxic materials, contained the explosion, reported WTAE. The explosion at the Life Sciences Annex occurred at approximately 2:45 p.m. EST.

“One student was evaluated by paramedics due to eye irritation,” said the university. “The building was reopened around 3:30, excluding the First Floor of Life Sciences Annex, which is undergoing cleanup.”

The explosion occurred around the same time as a former laboratory employee at the University of Pittsburgh reportedly sued the school, claiming she was fired after informing the school of safety infractions like an infected monkey’s escape. (RELATED: Scientist Sues University Of Pittsburgh, Claims Monkey Infected With ‘Select Agent’ Escaped Cage)

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the University of Pittsburgh, but the school did not provide any additional information.

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