Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lab Explosion at UCLA Yesterday

When this story first appeared yesterday, the report was sketchy and was a possible reminder of a much more serious accident several years ago that led to major legal ramifications. It appears that this time, however, the incident was much less serious:

One injured in lab explosion at UCLA

By City News Service | February 5, 2019 | LA Daily News

One person was injured Tuesday in an explosion in a laboratory at UCLA. The blast, reported at 2:18 p.m., involved acetone and occurred in a lab fume hood, according to Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The victim, a UCLA employee, sustained “superficial injuries to his hand and has been treated,” according to a university statement. The explosion, described by UCLA as a “minor accident,” occurred in the Boyer Biochemistry and Molecular Biology building.

Because the work was taking place under a laboratory hood, there was no chemical spill, and there is no danger to anyone in the building. UCLA Fire and the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the incident, which has now been cleared,” according to the university’s statement.


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