Tan Hall chemical accident leaves one student injured

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Correction Appended

A small chemical overpressure in Tan Hall Monday morning resulted in one student sustaining moderate injuries.

The accident was reported at approximately 9:38 a.m. on Monday. The Berkeley Fire Department, the Alameda County Fire Department and the UC Fire Marshal responded to the call along with UCPD and the Tan Hall building management, according to UCPD spokesperson Lt. Alex Yao.

He added that the 23-year-old student who sustained the injuries was transported to Highland

General Hospital in Oakland for treatment.

Yao said that to his knowledge, the perimeter of the building and access to the building were "limited and controlled," though he did not have any further information on whether the building had been evacuated because of the accident.

Tan Hall, which opened in 1997, is located on the east side of campus near the Hearst Mining Circle and houses the College of Chemistry.

Within an hour and a half of the occurrence, several students sitting outside the building said they had not heard about any accident.

Correction: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
A previous version of this article attributed UCPD as incorrectly describing an incident at Tan Hall as a chemical explosion. In fact, the director of the College of Chemistry's Environment, Health, Safety and Security program later clarified that the incident was a chemical overpressure.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Katie Nelson is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected]

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