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Controlled explosion ends university lab crisis

Students gather on the grass outside the S.J. Carew Building on MUN's St. John's campus after the building was evacuated Thursday afternoon. Police and fire officials are on the scene.
Students gather on the grass outside the S.J. Carew Building on MUN's St. John's campus after the building was evacuated Thursday afternoon. Police and fire officials are on the scene.

The RNC’s bomb disposal unit conducted a controlled explosion Thursday of items that had been removed from a Memorial University lab.

RNC Explosives Disposal Unit ( EDU ) officers Const. Colin Deacey and Sgt. Mitch Runbolt speak with folks associated with the MUN Engineering Building Thursday afternoon following an incident which led to the building's evacuation.

There was no information released about what lab device or substances were involved.

Emergency officials arrived at the S.J. Carew Engineering Building on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus just before 2 p.m. Thursday.

A statement on the MUN Safe app confirms the building’s evacuation was due to an issue with a malfunctioning device being used in an experiment in a second-floor lab, in Room EN-2076.

The RNC says there were no injuries, and the situation is under control. The police are still advising the public to remain away from the area while the first responders conduct their investigation.

The engineering building will remain closed for the remainder of the day. All classes/tutorials are cancelled.

Memorial University tweeted: “Anyone stranded due to Eng Building closure who needs assistance to get home should go to the Ask Desk in Student Life (3rd floor UC). Staff at the Ask Desk can provide assistance regarding transportation or other concerns.”

 

Earlier story:

Building evacuated on MUN's St. John's campus
Emergency officials on scene investigating after malfunctioning  device reported in lab

First responders are currently on the scene of an incident at the MUN S.J. Carew Engineering Building in St. John's.The building has been ordered evacuated by the RNC.
Reports from someone inside the building told The Telegram that there was an experiment being done in one of the labs when something went wrong and caused the potential for an explosion.
A text sent out through the MUN Safe App reported a device malfunctioned during an experiment in one of the labs, prompting the evacuation. Several emergency vehicles are on the scene and the whole area is currently cordoned off to vehicular traffic.
There were indications here that the RNC Bomb Disposal Unit as well as the St. John's Regional Fire Department, HazMat may be dispatched to the scene.
The RNC Traffic Services unit with s trailer in tow just arrived on the scene.
More details as they become available

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