One Injured in Explosion in UM Chem Lab

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A University of Montana lab technician was injured Thursday in what was described as a small explosion in a chemistry laboratory on the UM campus in Missoula.

University spokesman Cary Shimek says an ambulance took the woman to a hospital.

Shimek declined to release the woman’s name. He said he was told by Battalion Chief Todd Scott of the Missoula Fire Department that the woman’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Shimak says it happened about 2 p.m. in a lab at the Shafizadeh Rocky Mountain Center for Wood and Carbohydrate Chemistry on the UM campus.

He says dozens of students and faculty were evacuated from the Charles H. Clapp Building, which houses the lab. There were no other reported injuries.