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News Service

News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

8-27-07

Contacts:

Gene Deisinger, ISU Police, (515) 294-4428, erdeisin@iastate.edu

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720, annette@iastate.edu

Sweeney Hall evacuated after acid spill;
no injuries reported

ISU's Sweeney Hall was evacuated over the noon hour today (Aug. 27) following a hydrochloric acid spill in room 3132. The acid spill was contained to the third-floor laboratory. No injuries were reported.

According to Ross Behling, a graduate student in charge of the lab, another student was pouring the acid from a glass bottle when it slipped from her grasp and shattered onto the floor. Behling estimated there were approximately two to three liters of hydrochloric acid remaining in the four-liter bottle when it spilled.

Crews from ISU Police, Ames Fire Department and Hazmat, ISU's Environmental Health and Safety, and Mary Greeley Medical Center are on the scene. Once the acid spill is neutralized and cleaned up, the building will be reopened.

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Quick look

Sweeney Hall was evacuated Aug. 27 due to a hydrochloric acid spill. No injuries were reported.