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2 hurt in UM chemistry class accident

COLLEGE PARK — Two students at the University of Maryland have been injured in a chemistry accident that caused the evacuation of a campus building.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County fire department, says the two female students had first- and second-degree chemical burns and superficial cuts following the Monday afternoon chemical reaction. They were taken to a burn unit and are in good condition, and two other people in the laboratory at the time did not require hospitalization.

Brady says the two students were doing an experiment with nitrogen and sulfuric acid. Other chemicals may have been involved since those two don’t normally cause explosive reactions.

Firefighters put out a small fire in and near the ventilation hood.

The chemistry building was evacuated and remains closed Monday afternoon.