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Biomedical Company Evacuated After Chemical Exposure

Posted August 9, 2007 12:10 p.m. EDT
Updated August 9, 2007 4:53 p.m. EDT

— A biomedical company near Brier Creek Shopping Center in Raleigh was evacuated Thursday morning after a container holding a small amount of flammable solid was breached, according to the Raleigh Fire Department.

Employees at Micell Technologies, 7516 Precision Drive, were cleared from the building shortly before 11 a.m. and sent home for the day as a precaution.

Emergency officials said the packaging for a flammable solid, acrolyl chloride, had punctured. The substance had to stay below 60 degrees to avoid catching on fire.

A hazmat crew cleared the scene shortly after 4 p.m., and officials said the substance would be transported to a larger container and be kept cool.

No one was hurt and no one was in any danger, authorities said.

According to its Web site, Micell Technologies is a privately-held biomedical company that works to advance "combination product therapies" in the cardiovascular, orthopedic, and drug-delivery areas.