MU Animal Science Research Center evacuated after hydrogen leak

1 year 11 months 2 weeks ago March 13, 2015 Mar 13, 2015 Friday, March 13 2015 Friday, March 13, 2015 9:53:00 AM CDT in News
By: Katie Moeller, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's Animal Science Research Center was evacuated Friday after a hydrogen leak. 

"An employee was transferring hydrogen between tanks when she realized there was a possibility of a leak," Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief John Metz said. "Someone inside the building then pulled the fire alarm, starting the evacuation."

Metz said the fire department received the call at 9:25 Friday morning.

"When the firefighters arrived on the scene, they entered the building in full gear," Metz said. "They did detect hydrogen, so they went in with masks and shut off the leak."

Metz said firefighters ventilated the building by opening doors and windows and using fans. 

The Columbia Fire Department said there were no injuries or damages to property.

"While no one was hurt, hydrogen is a very flammable gas and never something to take lightly," Metz said.

Students began re-entering the building around 10:20 Friday morning. 

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