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One person taken to LMH after emergency crews evacuate Malott Hall on KU campus; chemical odor reported in lab

Police officers tape off Malott Hall after officials evacuated it due to a chemical spill on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010.

Police officers tape off Malott Hall after officials evacuated it due to a chemical spill on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010.

December 6, 2010, 4:45 p.m. Updated December 6, 2010, 7:27 p.m.

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KU's Malott Hall evacuated after chemical odor sends one to hospital

Malott Hall on the Kansas University campus was evacuated Monday after what may have been a chemical spill. Two people reported headaches resulting from the incident and one person was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment. Enlarge video

Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical crew members walk a KU employee away from Malott Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. The building was evacuated late Monday afternoon after a possible chemical spill.

Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical crew members walk a KU employee away from Malott Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. The building was evacuated late Monday afternoon after a possible chemical spill.

A fire engine and a heavy rescue truck from Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical are staged outside Malott Hall on the Kansas University campus Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. A chemical spill was reported leading to a building evacuation. One person was reported as possibly injured.

A fire engine and a heavy rescue truck from Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical are staged outside Malott Hall on the Kansas University campus Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. A chemical spill was reported leading to a building evacuation. One person was reported as possibly injured.

One person was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and another was treated by emergency medical workers after Kansas University’s Malott Hall was evacuated about 4:30 p.m. today following a report of a chemical odor inside a laboratory.

Crews were called to Malott when the chemical odor was detected in a fifth-floor lab, according to Jill Jess, university spokeswoman.

Fire and hazardous materials officials reopened the building just after 6:45 p.m., when the smell had dissipated and the air quality was determined to be safe.

Jess said two KU employees complained of headaches. One employee was taken to LMH, while the other was treated on the scene. Jess said the man’s injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

The fifth-floor chemical lab remained closed after officials opened the building, while officials continued their investigation.

“The hope is that it will be back open in the morning,” Jess said.

Officials were not able to determine what substance caused the odor before it dissipated.

Throughout the incident, the area around Malott was cordoned off with police tape, and officers stood outside and blocked entrances to the building while small crowds of onlookers gathered around the scene.

Earlier this semester, a chemical spill was reported in Malott Hall involving a small amount of ammonium hydroxide, on Oct. 29. A second chemical spill caused Haworth Hall to be evacuated on Aug. 26.

Jess said the incident on Monday did not involve a chemical spill.

Comments

Jack Martin 4 years ago

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bearded_gnome 4 years ago

KU-cynic, yes again. you know, they have chemicals in thar, and even have labs; they do stuff with the chemicals.

accidents happen.

your point?

gsxr600 4 years ago

Just because it's not ok to have spills doesn't mean they don't happen.

TheStonesSuck 4 years ago

Just because they happen doesn't mean it's not OK

DrRustinMcGillicuddy 4 years ago

I think you forgot to read the last sentence of the article.

stlcards515 4 years ago

I got it, all my friends go it, sounds like a personal problem

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

UNIKU (anonymous) replies …

So it sounds like you are cool with these spills. Just because they have chemicals in there doesn't mean it's OK to have spills.

December 6, 2010 at 5:07 p.m.

---Wow, somebody put on his cranky shirt today, didn't he?

I guess that again I have to type slowly for some people [huff].

remember, stuff just happens. even at the best operated lab by the highest trained staff with the most current and finely calibrated equipment in the best administrated institution of the strongest organization of the U.S.

so: 1. sh*t happens, buy the t-shirt.
2. we didn't have any idea how bad it was at the time, 3. so no need to panic or go ballistic.

... hope that clears this up for you.

no, spills are not desireable or okay. are we living in a perfect world?

but of course, don't let me get in the way of your rant.

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

hope the one victim recovers quickly and completely.

recently LMH installed a new ambulance bay equipped for decon.

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

okay, LOL! I'll play: *just because they don't happen doesn't mean it's okay.

Boston_Corbett 4 years ago

and the Taco Johns delivery car made yet another clean getaway....

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

Taco John's delivers?

... Taco John's delivers Hazmat?

JayhawkAlum03 4 years ago

Would you call what they make there food? I think "hazmat" is a much more accurate tem:-)

bearded_gnome 4 years ago

Uniku refers to an idiotic statement.

please note that as things worked out there wasn't even a chemical spill.
thus, "cooler heads" (like mine) were right Uni.
just because there are chemicals in there doesn't mean that spills will happen.

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