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Subject: Lab Incident: 3 sent to hospital after Ga. Tech chemical spill

3 sent to hospital after Ga. Tech chemical spill
By Marcus K. Garner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6:13 a.m. Friday, October 23, 2009

Three people were taken to a hospital Thursday night after a hazardous  

chemical spill at Georgia Tech, officials said.

A HAZ-MAT team was able to neutralize the spill of the dangerous  
chemical sometime after 9 p.m., Atlanta Fire spokesman Capt. Bill May  

said. The building is expected to reopen Friday morning.

Crews were called to 801 Atlantic Drive around 7:10 p.m. after the  
spill of reportedly corrosive chemicals, officials said.

The building, which houses part of the College of Computing and  
several science and engineering labs, was evacuated with no reported  
injuries, May said.

Three people, however, were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for  
observation, Georgia Tech spokesman Matt Nagel said.

Police told WAGA-TV the chemicals involved were nitric acid and  
potassium cyanide.

Along with the Atlanta Fire and Rescue HAZ-MAT team, Georgia Tech  
police and the school's Environmental Health and Safety units helped  
with the incident, Nagel said.

It is unclear how the spill happened, but the HAZ-MAT team will be  
investigating, May said.


3 Treated After Chemical Spill At Ga. Tech
Posted: 9:37 pm EDT October 22, 2009
Updated: 7:42 am EDT October 23, 2009

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Fire-Rescue crews evacuated a portion of the  
Georgia Tech campus Thursday night following a chemical spill.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Eric Philips spoke with investigators  
at the scene, who told him that the spill occurred in the College of  
Computing building on Atlantic Drive. Investigators said two chemicals  

came into contact inside a lab.

=93Three grad students were transported to Grady Hospital for  
observation. The incident is under investigation," said Matt Nagel,  
spokesman for the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Officials said hazardous materials teams entered the building in  
special suits.

Nagel said a full cleanup was under way Thursday night and that the  
building is scheduled to reopen Friday morning.

No word on what chemicals were involved in the incident.
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