U of M building evacuated after chemical spill

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 11, 2012 - 4:39 PM

Students and faculty were evacuated from a University of Minnesota building Wednesday afternoon after hazardous chemicals were spilled.

At about 2:50 p.m., people were told to leave Smith Hall, which houses the school’s chemistry department, after a cart of hazardous chemicals that was being taken off an elevator tipped over, said Chuck Tombarge, the university director of public relations.

A total of 12 liters of chemicals were spilled. The chemicals were acetone, mineral oil, methanol and carbon disulfide.

The school sent out a text alert to students and personnel, Tombarge said.

There were no reported injuries. Crews were working to clean up the mess.

The building was expected to be open for normal hours Thursday.

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