Texas Tech Chemistry Explosion Injures Four People
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, an explosion at a Texas Tech Chemistry building sent four people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries Monday afternoon.
Description of the Explosion
After a thorough examination, it was determined that the explosion was caused by a chemical waste product. It is not known as of yet what type of chemical caused the accident.
The Lubbock Fire Department and a hazardous materials team arrived at the scene about 3:15 p.m. The four people involved escaped with minor cuts and abrasions. It remains to be seen if the building sustained any structural damage, but crews were working to repair the damage done indoors.
The area around the building was declared safe at about 3:45 p.m. It was unclear if the injured were Tech students, faculty or staff.
Information on Previous Explosions
Monday’s incident is not the first explosion to have occurred at the Texas Tech campus. A doctoral student lost three fingers, injured an eye and suffered burns to his face and hands in a January 2010 explosion. Two other explosions then happened October 2011 in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building and Nanotechnology Building.
No injuries were reported in either incident. When lab safety on campus was questioned last year at a meeting of the Board of Regents, the university had made efforts to increase security measures, such as: establishing a faculty committee to evaluate campus labs and promoting safety training among faculty and students.
Though the previous explosion incidents prompted an “overhaul” in lab safety procedures, it’s too soon to tell if Monday’s incident will spark similar changes in the near future.