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Chemical spill at UMES cleared with no injuries reported

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) — A chemical spill at a Maryland university that led to the evacuation of a campus building has been cleared.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore spokesman Bill Robinson says a glass container of ammonium hydroxide has been knocked over in a storage area next to a laboratory under renovation. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports no injuries were reported Tuesday afternoon, but a contractor working on the Trigg Hall lab was hospitalized as a precaution.

Four others who breathed in fumes refused treatment.

Robinson says ammonium hydroxide is water soluble and thus dissipates quickly. A university alert announcing an all clear was posted just over two hours after the spill was reported.

Trigg Hall houses faculty offices and agricultural research labs. The school didn’t hold classes there for the day’s remainder.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/

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