Chemistry lab explosion injures 10 Saint Martin’s University students
September 21, 2005
Lacey, Wash. - At about 1 p.m. today, an explosion
occurred in a first floor Saint Martin’s University organic chemistry
lab. Ten students were injured, five of whom were transported to
Olympia’s St. Peter Hospital for treatment of lacerations. None of the
injuries are life-threatening, according to Olympia Fire Dept. Captain
Kate McDonald. The other five were taken for evaluation. All parents of
injured students have been notified.
The explosion occurred during a demonstration
comparing evaporation of gas in a combustion reaction. A large glass
bottle, apparently filled with ethanol, exploded when it was lit,
shattering the bottle.
Lacey Police Department and Lacey Fire Department 3,
with Olympia Fire Department giving back-up, responded to the event.
About 34 students were in the class, along with the professor and a
Classes have been closed for the remainder of the
day on the main campus in Lacey while the Old Main building is being
evaluated. Classes at the extension campuses at Fort Lewis and McChord
Air Force Base will remain open.
Please see the university’s website,
www.stmartin.edu, for updates. We will be adding more information as it
is available. Families of Saint Martin’s students are asked to call
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