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N.C. State vet school evacuated after beaker explodes

Posted September 22, 2010

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— A building at the North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine was briefly evacuated Wednesday morning when a beaker exploded in a laboratory.

Campus police Capt. Jon Barnwell said that a graduate student was heating a substance in a beaker in a lab in the college's small animal hospital. The beaker burst, and fragments struck the student in the face.

She was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, Barnwell said.

The building was evacuated as a precaution while emergency responders evaluated the scene.

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  • alanon Sep 22, 2010

    Give the girl a break, she is a student which means she is still learning.

  • mpheels Sep 22, 2010

    Everything needs oxygen (or other oxident) to burn.

  • Ambygirl Sep 22, 2010

    David Green- Thank you for your information. I greatly appreciate it and I am glad to hear no one was seriously injured. As for the rest of you-- mgratk- if you don't want to know about this, why are you even here???? MUST be of some interest to you if you're reading it! What would you consider news?? Someone being blown to bits?? The building exploding?? IF you don't like WRAL, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!! SHEEZ.........

  • kikinc Sep 22, 2010

    I don't know what type of lab you're talking about, but any lab where face masks are mandatory are usually specialty labs that you take specialized training for. Chemistry labs, biology labs, etc. that are found on college campuses will normally not be any of the specialized labs. There are different requirements for different types of labs. In my lab, we don't use face masks. We work with human specimens, such as blood, blood products and tissues. Anything dangerous is under the hood. If it's not, it's on the lab table. I've never gotten anything near my face.

    As for Withers, I was in a chemistry lab one time when someone blew something up in a lab next to us. Not so much fun. The TA's were more freaked out than we were.

  • NU Blackshirts Sep 22, 2010

    Forgot to add "Famous last words" to my post - packbacker1057

  • jgilchr Sep 22, 2010

    I am glad to hear the injuries were minor and that they will be ok.

  • WHEEL Sep 22, 2010

    "KIKINC" I guess scarred faces are optional in your lab also. We operated under some old rules, trying to turn lead into gold but we knew H didn't stand for nitrogen and that hydrogen would explode.

  • rfauls Sep 22, 2010

    The whole story was reported wrong. No student involved. The lab tech is okay.

  • packbacker1057 Sep 22, 2010

    mpheels, Hydrogen needs Oxygen to burn, but on its own does not burn easily.

    http://www.physlink.com/education/askexperts/ae575.cfm

  • mpheels Sep 22, 2010

    Please tell the pilot of the Hindenburg that hydrogen does not burn easily....

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