A chemical explosion Monday afternoon in a laboratory at S.C. State University’s Leroy Davis science building injured several people, according to the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety.
The explosion was small and limited to one room in the science building, said Capt. Mike Adams of the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety. There was no secondary fire, he said. However, firefighters had to go through a decontamination process because of hazardous materials, Adams said.
University spokesperson Erica S. Taylor confirmed five people were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injures, according to the Orangeburg Times and Democrat newspaper. Emergency personnel were on the scene late Monday afternoon.
The explosion happened around 4:30 p.m. The cause is under investigation, Adams said.