EXCLUSIVES
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

Blast in Tennessee Chemistry Lab Injures Professor and Students

A chemistry lab explosion at Southwest Tennessee Community College's Union Avenue campus Wednesday injured a professor and three students, authorities said.

The male professor, whose name was not immediately released, apparently shielded students from much of the blast, rushing to aid a group experimenting with a mixture of phosphoric acid and an alcohol called 2-methylcyclohoexanol that began to smoke, according to students and college officials.

"He became aware of the imminent danger and did take the brunt of the explosion himself," said Karen Nippert, vice president for institutional advancement for Southwest.

"There was just a loud explosion," said Troy Cox, 21, in a physical science class next door when the explosion shook room 232 in Building M, at the corner of Union and Manassas, just after noon.

"I saw the teacher was bleeding," from arm and head injuries, Cox said.

A spokesman for the Memphis Fire Department, Lt. Wayne Cooke, said the professor suffered cuts and burns and was transported to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Glass cut one of his arms and he had holes in his clothing, according to college officials.

College officials also reported that several people suffered injuries, including at least two students with burns. A total of three female students were taken to The Med for treatment, Cooke said.

A red fire department hazardous material decontamination trailer was stationed in the middle of Manassas Street to help treat the victims of the explosion.

Several students who had been in the organic chemistry class washed their hands and arms in large white buckets filled by a fire hose before first responders packed up.

Building M was evacuated after the blast and Nippert said college officials would decide later when it would reopen. She said there was no problem with chemical hazards, but normal cleanup and repair will be required for the classroom lab.

Except for Building M, access to the campus returned to normal by about 2:30 p.m.



RELATED ARTICLES

Understanding Why EMS Systems Fail

Learn to recognize trigger points that could ruin your system.

West River Ambulance Receives New Rig

West River Ambulance in Hettinger, ND recently received a much-needed upgrade from their 1992 rig. A 2014 Ford/AEV Type III Custom Conversion rig with a 6.8 ...

Unlikely Pairing Leads to Health Care Education Wins

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing and Harris County Emergency Corps (HCEC) have formed an unlikely pairin...

Know When and How Your Patient Can Legally Refuse Care

Refusal of care straddles the intersection of ethical, legal and scientific domains of prehospital practice.

Reflecting on 35 Years of Innovation in JEMS

Take a walk through the last 35 years of EMS in JEMS.

Readers Sound Off About Glove Use After Patient Care

How often are you susceptible to potentially unclean surfaces?

Features by Topic

Featured Careers

 

JEMS TV

FEATURED VIDEO TOPICS

Learn about new products and innovations featured at EMS Today 2015

 

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts