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U of M statement on chemical spill and evacuation of Smith Hall

July 11, 2012

A chemical spill at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday caused the evacuation of Smith Hall, located at 207 Pleasant Street S.E., on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus. No injuries were reported. The building was evacuated according to university processes and will remain vacant until the area has been cleaned up and secured.

A total of 12 liters of chemicals were spilled: acetone, mineral oil, methanol and carbon disulfide.

A class scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m. was in progress when the spill occurred and it was evacuated. No other classes were scheduled for the remainder of the day.

Smith Hall houses the university’s Department of Chemistry, Glass Technology Services and a Printing Services copy center.

University of Minnesota Police and University Environmental Health and Safety responded. The Minneapolis Fire Department assisted.

The building is expected to be opened for normal operations Thursday morning.

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