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Update: Emergency ends at U of I Engineering Sciences building after hazardous materials release

Urbana fire truck is parked in front of the Engineering Sciences building on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as new details emerge.

6:40 p.m. Update

University of Illinois officials have sounded the “All-Clear” at the Engineering Sciences Building at Springfield and Goodwin on campus after a release of hazardous chemicals prompted an evacuation. Urbana Fire Battalion Chief Clint Weidert says firefighters were called to the scene this (Wednesday) afternoon on a report of hazardous chemicals released at a laboratory.

“[I] don’t know if it was a spill or an experiment they were dealing with,” says Widert. “It’s contained to the lab, the room of origin. Did not get outside there. And we basically made sure it was contained. The people that were here did a little bit of containment before our arrival.”

U of I officials had asked the public to avoid the area due to an inhalation risk. But Weidert says the release, which involved more than one chemical, has been contained, and no longer poses a danger to the public. – Jim Meadows and Mae Antar, IPM News

5:36 p.m. Update

URBANA – The university says the emergency has ended and that regular activities can resume.

4:28 p.m. Update

URBANA – Hazardous materials at the Engineering Sciences Building at the U of I appear to now be contained. It is still recommended to avoid the area at this time. 

3:42 p.m. Update

URBANA – A second Illini-Alert states that the Urbana Fire Department and University Division of Research Safety are now on the scene.

3:34 p.m. Update

URBANA – The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign issued an Illini-Alert at 3:22 p.m. about a hazardous materials release. The address given was 1101 Springfield Avenue in Urbana. That’s the address of the Engineering Science Building at the U of I. The alert stated that people should leave the area if safe to do so and avoid it as well because of possible inhalation hazards. The building is across the street from the university’s Public Safety building.

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