3 hurt after NY university chemistry lab explosion

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Posted: Oct 18, 2014 9:25 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in upstate New York say three students were rushed to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a chemical explosion at the University of Rochester.

Officials tell WHEC-TV (http://bit.ly/1umTnnm ) the explosion occurred Saturday afternoon in the basement of a building on campus as the graduate students worked in a chemistry lab.

The station says a mixture of chemicals and acidic waste may have caused the blast.

A university spokeswoman says they may have suffered acidic burns. Fire officials say all three students were immediately decontaminated. They were rushed to a hospital.

Officials say emergency crews recovered pieces of a container that contained a mixture of hydrochloric, nitric and sulfuric acids.

Officials say a small fire was extinguished and the building was eventually reopened.

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Information from: WHEC-TV, http://www.10nbc.com