College Building Emptied After Explosion in Lab

CHAMBLEE, Ga. (AP) - Fire officials say a small explosion in a
building at Mercer University's DeKalb County campus led to the
evacuation of the building.

DeKalb County fire Capt. Eric Jackson says one person underwent
chemical decontamination and was taken to a hospital as a precaution. Jackson said the explosion took place in Mercer's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences building off Chamblee-Tucker Road.

"It appears there was some cleaning that was going on utilizing some hydrochloric acid and somewhere in the midst of that there was a reaction that resulted in a small explosion with no fire," Jackson said.

He said one other person in the laboratory was unharmed.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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