Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 15:07:37 -0400
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Subject: Re: Lab Incident: Lab explosion in Montana

From: Eric Clark <erclark**At_Symbol_Here**>

Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Lab Incident: Lab explosion in Montana

Date: October 23, 2009 3:03:53 PM EDT

This is an email from a colleague who works at the State Lab in Helena: 

They were baking off some chlorophyll samples in methanol for the ash
free dry weight method and for some reason it exploded. So the door
of the 105 degree oven that contained the samples blew open and hit one
of our techs throwing her against the ovens on the other side of the
aisle. She ended on her hands and knees and was pulled to safety while
others put out the small fire with an extinguisher. Per protocol the
building was evacuated for about 20 minutes while the fire department
cleared the scene. In the mean time our co-worker was taken to the
hospital where she was x-rayed and received 6 stitches under her eye.
She is back at work today with a big black eye and a bruised arm. At
least I got my 15 minutes of fame by making the picture in the paper.
All is well and we are back to work as normal.


Joel H. Felix
Chemical Terrorism Laboratory Coordinator (CTLC)

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