ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say three students were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a chemical explosion at the University of Rochester.
Officials tell WHEC-TV the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon in the basement of a building on campus as the graduate students worked in a chemistry lab.
The station says a mixture of chemicals and acidic waste may have caused the blast.
A university spokeswoman says they may have suffered acidic burns. Fire officials say all three students were immediately decontaminated. They were rushed to a hospital.
Officials say emergency crews recovered pieces of a container that contained a mixture of hydrochloric, nitric and sulfuric acids.
Officials say a small fire was extinguished and the building was eventually reopened.
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