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Crews Respond To Campus Hazmat Alert
No Injuries Reported In BU Lab Hydrogen Leak
POSTED: 5:30 am EDT October 7, 2009
UPDATED: 5:58 am EDT October 7, 2009

BOSTON -- Boston emergency crews responded to a Level 2 hazardous  
materials alert on the Boston University campus science building early  

A hydrogen leak in the basement of the BU Photonics building at  
Commonwealth Avenue and St. Mary's street prompted crews to close off  
the surrounding area while they sealed the leak and vented the facility.

No one was injured in the incident. There was only one employee in the  
building at the time so no evacuations were necessary.

Officials said they responded to a similar call at the same location  
last Friday.

There was no immediate word on what caused the leak.

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SU student charged with arson

By Sara Tracey

Syracuse University sophomore Alec Hembree was charged with arson in  
the fourth degree around 9:30 p.m. Monday after causing an acetone  
fire in Room 414 of Slocum Hall, said Lt. Ken Heffernan, a Syracuse  
fire investigator.

Hembree, an architecture major, soaked a paper towel with acetone,  
which was being used in the architecture studio to transfer  
photographs to paper, Heffernan said. Some of the acetone on the paper  
towel dripped onto the floor, he said.

When Hembree was lighting the acetone fumes with a lighter, the  
chemical on the floor also ignited. The can of acetone being used in  
the lab tipped over and also caught fire.

Another student in the lab put out the flame with a fire extinguisher.

The fire was unintentional, Hembree said Tuesday. He declined to  
comment any further about the incident.

"The suspect was more or less testing the flammability of the  
acetone," Heffernan said.

Hembree was released late Monday night with an appearance ticket,  
Heffernan said. His court date is Oct. 15.

"He will have to go through a criminal procedure and then any judicial  
procedures that the university has," Heffernan said.

Drew Buske, Department of Public Safety deputy chief, said Hembree has  
an option to talk with a lawyer before setting up a hearing with the  

"This is a felony, so it would probably be an administrative hearing,"  
Buske said. "A faculty member, a staff member and an administrative  
member would be on the panel."


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