UT building evacuated due to chemical leak

UT building evacuated due to chemical leak

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The University of Tennessee's Science and Engineering Research Facility building was evacuated around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday due to a chemical leak. (source: Alex Meyers) The University of Tennessee's Science and Engineering Research Facility building was evacuated around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday due to a chemical leak. (source: Alex Meyers)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee's Science and Engineering Research Facility building was evacuated around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday due to a chemical leak.

Officials say the incident at the building, located at 1414 Circle Drive, involved boron trichloride.

The Knoxville Fire Department says four students had possible respiratory exposure to the gas. About 50 students were inside the building at the time.

Students said they had been conducting a lab experiment when a glass cylinder broke.

The four students were taken to UT Medical Center as a precaution.

Officials conducted several air quality checks, and finally declared the building safe around 5:48 p.m.

The chemical was not released outside the building.

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