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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

Update: Sweeney Hall is reopened after acid spill

ISU's Sweeney Hall reopened at 3:10 p.m. today (Aug. 27) after an acid spill in a third-floor laboratory was neutralized and the immediate area was cleaned.

The building was evacuated over the noon hour following a hydrochloric acid spill in room 3132. 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 responded at the scene.

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Quick look

Sweeney Hall has reopened after an acid spill was neutralized in a laboratory on the third floor.