Small Blast At Pitt Science Complex Prompts Evacuation

Jan 31, 2018

A small explosion in a lab at science complex at the University of Pittsburgh prompted a brief evacuation, officials said Wednesday.

University spokesman Joe Miksch said the blast happened at about 2:45 p.m. in the Life Sciences Annex in the Clapp, Langley and Crawford Hall complex, which houses the biological sciences and neuroscience department. 

The explosion was contained by a fume hood designed to limit exposure to hazardous or toxic materials. Miksch said one student was evaluated by paramedics for eye irritation, but did not require hospital transport. He did not specify the origin or cause of the blast.

The building was evacuated as a precaution but reopened about 45 minutes later, except for the first floor of the life sciences annex, which is being cleaned up.