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Archive for Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hazmat incident caused by sulfur-like smell; no contaminates found

Buildings reopened as of 1 p.m.

Students and faculty evacuated Learned and Eaton halls around 11:30 a.m Thursday, July 14, 2011, after students reported smelling a noxious odor in the Formula SAE lab.

July 14, 2011, 10:46 a.m. Updated July 14, 2011, 3:18 p.m.

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Crews from Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical, including the HazMat team, are on the scene of Learned Hall investigating a possible HazMat incident on July 13, 2011. Medical crews were seen tending to at least one person.

Crews from Lawrence Douglas County Fire & Medical, including the HazMat team, are on the scene of Learned Hall investigating a possible HazMat incident on July 13, 2011. Medical crews were seen tending to at least one person.

Students try to find shade outside of Learned Hall after being evacuated on Thursday, July 14, 2011. A HazMat incident was called after people reported smelling a rotten egg odor.

Students try to find shade outside of Learned Hall after being evacuated on Thursday, July 14, 2011. A HazMat incident was called after people reported smelling a rotten egg odor.

Dozens of students and faculty congregate outside Learned Hall on the Kansas University campus after a HazMat incident was reported in the Formula SAE lab, about 10:30 on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

Dozens of students and faculty congregate outside Learned Hall on the Kansas University campus after a HazMat incident was reported in the Formula SAE lab, about 10:30 on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical crews did not locate any hazardous material after a student reported a sulfur-like smell in a lab at Learned Hall Thursday morning.

Kansas University officials evacuated and closed the engineering buildings of Learned and Eaton halls for nearly two hours as crews searched the building.

“Standard operating procedure when there’s a hazardous material incident is to ensure that the air is safe in all buildings that are affected,” KU spokeswoman Jill Jess said. “Those are both big buildings so it took awhile just to make sure that everything was OK.”

Jess said air monitoring in both buildings detected zero airborne contaminants in either building, and the odor’s source was undetermined.

The student at 10:30 a.m. in the first-floor lab made the report and also felt ill. The student was treated at the scene, Jess said.

Kevin Morgan, a graduate student at KU starting in the fall, said he was in the Formula SAE lab when he and others began smelling a “rotten egg odor.” He said one person became ill from the smell, which caused their supervisor to call 911.

Naismith Drive was closed between Crescent Road and Irving Hill Road in order to give fire crews room to work, but reopened shortly after 1 p.m.

KU officials called 911 and used the buildings’ alarm systems to get students and staff members who were there as part of summer school to evacuate, Jess said.

Yong Bai an associate professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, said he was working in the office and heard the alarm.

“I didn’t think it was smart to stay there,” Bai said.

Jess said KU officials did not use the university’s text alert system.

“There was no immediate threat to campus,” she said.

KU did post information to its alerts website mainly encouraging people to avoid the area because traffic would be backed up.

Lawrence Douglas County Fire and Medical and KU Public Safety officers investigated the buildings.

Comments

TheOriginalCA 3 years, 5 months ago

Let me guess, someone spilled some green sh*t and was found downtown later on wearing some of it

boxers_or_briefs 3 years, 5 months ago

You forgot the period at the end of your comment.

Boston_Corbett 3 years, 5 months ago

So, someone spilled some gasoline in the race car shop. And now everyone gets to put on those moon suits?

somedude20 3 years, 5 months ago

I enjoy huffing chemicals (and long walks to my dealer's house)!!

Boston_Corbett 3 years, 5 months ago

At 11:10 more vehicles are being dispatched to the scene.

DillonBarnes 3 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like Eaton hall will open up momentarily.

Coles_Law 3 years, 5 months ago

I had heard that the student who felt ill was taken to the hospital. He couldn't wvwn stand up under his own power for a bit.

Coles_Law 3 years, 5 months ago

*even. I really should put that 'preview comment' page to use.

Jonathan Kealing 3 years, 5 months ago

Jill Jess said no one was taken to the hospital.

Coles_Law 3 years, 5 months ago

I stand (sit) corrected. I guess the grapevine around Learned translated "being examined by paramedics" as "going to the hospital". Sorry!

greenworld 3 years, 5 months ago

Maybe it was rotten eggs....or maybe somebody just plain stunk and smelled that bad of odor

Danielle Brunin 3 years, 5 months ago

Wouldn't it be embarrassing if somebody just had really bad gas and wouldn't own up to it?

tolawdjk 3 years, 5 months ago

I was about to say that someone had beer farts on campus and it made the news?

beeshlii 3 years, 5 months ago

or had to much burritos at taco bell.

3 years, 5 months ago

It was maybe fire and brimstone portending the end of the world.

Adrienne Sanders 3 years, 5 months ago

I wonder what "became ill" and "felt ill" mean. Did they faint? Did they puke? Did they just feel nauseated due to the smell? "Ill" could be just about anything.

Coles_Law 3 years, 5 months ago

He was dizzy, couldn't really stand up for a while, and had trouble breathing for a bit.

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