Georgia College Building Emptied after Explosion in Lab

February 19, 2009

Fire officials say a small explosion in a building at Mercer University’s DeKalb County campus led to the evacuation of the building.

DeKalb County fire Capt. Eric Jackson says one person underwent chemical decontamination and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Jackson said the explosion took place in Mercer’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences building off Chamblee-Tucker Road.

“It appears there was some cleaning that was going on utilizing some hydrochloric acid and somewhere in the midst of that there was a reaction that resulted in a small explosion with no fire,” Jackson said.

He said one other person in the laboratory was unharmed.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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