Posted: Oct 14, 2013 9:12 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News
BUTTE - A chemical spill in a lab room on the campus of Montana Tech in Butte forced the administration to call for a HazMat crew to respond to the university on Monday afternoon.
A HazMat crew from Helena was called out to Main Hall on the campus after university staff noticed Monday morning that a cabinet containing various bottled chemicals had crashed to the floor and spilled some of the chemicals.
Montana Tech's Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Marilyn Cameron, said there is no immediate danger to the public.
"Fortunately it didn't turn out to be as bad as we anticipated, but there are spilled chemicals and they are cleaning them up for us," Cameron said.
The university reported the chemicals weren't toxic Monday evening, but officials haven't determined what caused the cabinets to fall. The campus wasn't evacuated and classes will continue as usual.
Cameron said, "We did send out an emergency text message to the campus just to let them know that that was going on."
Cameron said the campus will investigate how this incident happened.
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