UAA science building evacuated after spill report

Jan 30, 2013 -- 6:00pm

 

- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A science building at the University of Alaska Anchorage was temporarily evacuated after an apparent chemical spill. The Anchorage Daily News reports a professor spilled calcium carbide into a sink with the faucet running in a lab in the university's ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building Wednesday afternoon. It mixed with water, creating a flammable gas.  The professor was working alone. He left the lab and called 911. University spokeswoman Jessica Hamlin tells KTUU it appears most of the chemical went down a drain, but officials are investigating. The building was evacuated about 3:30 p.m., but firefighters were allowing people to re-enter 45 minutes later. There were no injuries

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