Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 20:45:54 -0500
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Subject: Lab Incident: India pharmacy laboratory explosion
Students and staff from the School of Pharmacy
and Technology Management panicked when an explosion took place inside
the pharmacy laboratory on Monday morning.
"The blast occurred at around 11 in the morning
inside the School of Pharmacy laboratory located on the sixth floor.
Immediately all staff members and students were evacuated. The explosion
was in the compressor of the refrigerator inside the laboratory and
there was a short-circuit. But the exact reason as to what triggered it,
is yet to be ascertained," said Ashish Tambe, public relations officer,
Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) with which the
school is affiliated.
While the pharmacy school
is across the fourth, fifth and sixth floors, all the eight floors of
the building were evacuated. The building also houses NMIMS's School of
Business Management, School of Commerce, School of Architecture and
Classes were stalled for
an hour as a precaution. "I had to reschedule my practical for Tuesday,"
said Shashirekha S Kumar, head of the botany department, Mithibai
When the explosion took
place, no one was present inside the laboratory. The fire brigade was
"The institute security
staff brought the fire under control within 10 to 15 minutes and by that
time the fire brigade also arrived. Since no one was working in the
laboratory, there were no injuries," he said.
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