Explosion At UW Chemistry Building Injures 1

One person was injured in a small explosion inside a laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry building on Monday morning.

UW-Madison Police Department Sgt. Aaron Chapin said the explosion occurred around 9:30 a.m. Monday. He said one staff member was injured but his name was not being immediately released.

UW-Madison spokesman John Lucas said a lab experiment ignited and broke a glass container holding the chemicals. He said the staff member injured was cut by the glass.

The man was sent to a local hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries. Chapin said the man was in stable condition and is expected to be released from the hospital later Monday.

Lucas said there was no fire and the building wasn’t evacuated. Chapin said there were no street closures and the building, located at 1101 University Ave., remained opened except for the lab where the explosion occurred.

“In a lot of cases, we don’t know exactly what we have until we get out on scene. At this point, we’re glad that it was as limited as it was but obviously unfortunate that somebody was injured, and we hope for a full recovery,” Chapin said.

UW-Madison Safety officials were called in to conduct an investigation of the incident.