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Chemical Spill Forces Evacuation Of U’s Smith Hall

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A chemical spill forced a University of Minnesota building to be evacuated Wednesday afternoon, according to officials.

The spill, which occurred around 2:50 p.m., caused an evacuation of Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St. S.E. on the East Bank of the university’s campus. No injuries were reported.

Officials say 12 liters of chemicals were spilled including acetone, mineral oil, methanol and carbon disulfide.

A class scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m. was in progress when the spill occurred. No other classes were scheduled for the remainder of the day.

Smith Hall houses the university’s Department of Chemistry, Glass Technology Services and Printing Services.

The building is expected to be operating by Thursday morning.

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