Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 14:00:41 -0500
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Subject: Two Recent Lab Hazmat Responses
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March 3, DiamondBack Online - (Maryland) Chemical spill forces  
evacuation of building. An adverse chemical reaction at the University  

of Maryland=92s chemistry building on February 27 prompted an evacuation 
and the deployment of a hazardous materials team, according to the  
Prince George=92s County Fire Department. During an experiment within  

the confines of a safety hood system designed to collect fumes, the  
experimenter mixed two unidentified acids together causing a reaction  

that resulted in broken flasks and some chemicals sprayed on the floor  

and counters, said a Prince George=92s County Fire Department spokesman. 
Upon reaching the scene, firefighters and police evacuated wing five  
of the building. The experimenter was the only person evaluated by  
paramedics, and he was not transported to the hospital.


March 1, Idaho Statesman - (Idaho) Chemical spill injures Boise State  

lab manager in Boise. A Boise State University lab instructor was  
wounded at about 2 p.m. on February 28 when 500 ml of nitric acid  
spilled onto his wrist, forearm, thigh, and knee, according to a  
police spokeswoman. When firefighters arrived at the third-floor  
chemistry lab in the multipurpose classroom building on the west side  

of campus, the instructor had already begun using sodium bicarbonate  
to neutralize the chemical. He was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional  
Medical Center for burn treatment. About 60 people, including two  
uninjured lab students, were evacuated as the building was checked and  

the spill cleaned up. The incident did not affect classes or other  
activities on campus.


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