Grad student burned in U of M chemistry building explosion - KMSP-TV

Grad student burned in U of M chemistry building explosion

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A chemical explosion in a lab at Smith Hall on the University of Minnesota campus sent one graduate student to the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The explosion occurred at about 1:12 p.m. on the 4th floor of Smith Hall, forcing an evacuation of the entire building on Pleasant Street SE. About 50 people were cleared from the building, but it was reopened within the hour. Only the 4th floor remained closed.

Firefighters who responded to the scene found a lone patient suffering from serious burns after a volatile chemical compound apparently exploded. The graduate student, who is enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering, was conscious when taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment. No other information on the student's identity was provided.

No fire or structural damage was reported, and the cause of the explosion remains unknown.

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