Chlorine cloud prompts evacuation at USU animal lab

Published March 21, 2014 10:51 pm
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A cloud of chlorine gas in a Utah State University animal lab prompted an evacuation Friday and sent two people to the hospital.

The evacuation happened about noon after someone put Virkon, a disinfectant, into an autoclave, according to university spokesman Tim Vitale. Once in the autoclave, the Virkon combined with steam and produced chlorine gas. People nearby then began detecting a burning smell, followed by a chemical odor.

Vitale said fewer than 10 people evacuated an animal research lab. Two people went to the hospital as a precautionary measure, though Vitale said both ended up being fine.

A Hazmat crew from Logan responded and helped clean up the scene.


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