Hazmat crew called for chemical leak on UD’s campus

The University of Dayton School of Engineering building was evacuated after a chemical leak Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016. (Jarod Thrush/Staff)
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The University of Dayton School of Engineering building was evacuated after a chemical leak Tuesday Aug. 23, 2016. (Jarod Thrush/Staff)

UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m. (Aug. 23)

Sulfur dioxide is a colorless pungent toxic gas formed by burning sulfur in the air. According to the EPA, short term exposures to SO2 can harm the human respiratory system and make breathing difficult. Those who suffer from asthma are particularly sensitive.

It is not known at this time how much of the gas leaked, or how it is being used on campus in the lab.

For more on sulfur dioxide, here is a link to the EPA's information page. 

FIRST REPORT @ 12:47 p.m. (Aug. 23)

The University of Dayton School of Engineering building is reportedly being evacuated because of a chemical leak of sulfur dioxide.

A hazardous materials team was called to the scene on UD’s campus around 12:37 p.m.

The emergency was reported to be a sulfur dioxide leak inside the Kettering lab, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

We’re working to get more details on this developing story.

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