Two students are injured inside a University of Delaware science laboratory on Wednesday, September 26.
According to NBC News, the blast happened Wednesday afternoon inside Brown Lab, connected to Drake Hall, a science laboratory on Academy Street in Newark, Delaware where two graduate students were working on an experiment containing a vessel on a hot plate exploded.
Update (2:26 P.M.): As WDEL reported, a call came in at around 1 P.M. reporting the explosion in Brown Lab. The students suffered cuts and exposure in the clast–injuries reported as minor–cited a UD spokesperson. Those students were sent to Christiana Hospital for treatment. The chemical in the explosion was Chromium Oxide. The students and emergency responders had to be decontaminated.
The situation has been deemed “under control.”
The Brown and Drake Buildings have been evacuated. NBC News reported that people were evacuated to the sidewalk and police and fire crews stationed outside.
Classes in the Brown and Drake labs have been canceled until further notice, according to a message to the university community.
Avoid the area of Brown Lab, Drake lab and Academy and Lovett Ave. on the #UDel #NewarkDE campus. Emergency crews are responding to an environmental safety issue. The buildings are closed and will reopen once cleared. Updates to follow. #netDE
— Univ. of Delaware (@UDelaware) September 26, 2018