An evacuation was ordered at Texas Tech Thursday due to a chemical spill. The Lubbock Fire Department was called to the scene with a hazmat team. It happened in the civil engineering complex.
Hazmat investigators evacuated the building, then inspected the area, where they found nitric acid had spilled.
There was no explanation Saturday night as to what caused the spill.
Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook said, "The report said there was a combination of nitric acid and a waste product. No word on how the two were combined, or what may have happened, and that won't be determined until the investigation is completed".
It is the second such spill in two weeks. On October 14th a bottle of acid spilled in the Chemistry Building, prompting a hazmat response.
Coincidentally, the next day a report was issued regarding a January 2010 incident. That report called for expanding measures to address and control physical safety hazards, and implementing an incident and near-miss reporting system.