Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2009 15:40:01 -0400
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Subject: Hazardous chemical spill at Lehigh University

Hard to tell from the press report what's going on, but it's a  
reminder that the story will run before things make sense to people  
familiar with the lab setting...

- Ralph,0,1779903.stor

Hazardous chemical spill at Lehigh University
The Morning Call
12:44 PM EDT, July 15, 2009

Bethlehem Fire Department is at the scene of a hazardous chemical  
spill in a research laboratory at Lehigh University.

Emergency dispatches said the spill has the potential to release  
hydrogen cyanide, which according to the U.S. Center for Disease  
Control is extremely flammable and gives off toxic fumes that can  
result in death.

Lehigh University Police Chief Edward Shupp said the spill is  
contained and there were no injuries. He said the hazardous materials  

team was called as precaution.

Shupp said he did not know why type of chemical was spilled.

Emergency dispatch reports said the incident is a Level 2 incident,  
which means between 10 to 50 gallons of the chemical was spilled, and  

the building has been evacuated.

-- Reporting by Tracy Jordan, The Morning Call
Copyright =A9 2009, The Morning Call

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