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Five Injured in Explosion at South Carolina State University

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — Five people have been hurt in an explosion in a science building at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg.

School Police Chief Michael Bartley said the explosion happened in a chemistry lab late Monday afternoon.

The four students and one instructor were treated and released from the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. Their names were not released.

Police say between 10 and 15 people were in the lab at Leroy Davis Hall when the small explosion occurred around 4 p.m.

Bartley says the room suffered minor structural damage.

Seven fire trucks and a number of ambulances responded. Those in the building at the time have been decontaminated.

The school said no activities will be conducted in the building or a nearby annex while the buildings are inspected.