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University of Liverpool chemical explosion injures researcher

04 March 2015

An academic researcher has been injured in an explosion at a chemistry laboratory at the University of Liverpool in north west England. A university spokesman said an investigation had been launched to try to identify what caused the blast. The area outside was cordoned off by police. Paramedics and fire crews, including a specialist HazMat team, were called to the laboratory after the incident.

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The researcher suffered burns to hands and face in the incident, which saw several windows blown out on the fourth floor of the Oxford Street building. Two other people thought to have been in the laboratory at the time of the explosion, but were uninjured.

A University of Liverpool spokesperson said: “A post-doctoral researcher has been injured in an incident in a chemistry laboratory. The university is investigating how the incident occurred and is offering advice and support to those affected.”

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