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UMM Science Building briefly evacuated

Morris firefighters use fans to clear air in the University of Minnesota, Morris Science Building on Wednesday. A science experiment caused an adverse chemical reaction. According to law enforcement's investigation, fumes and smoke from the experiment were not deemed hazardous.

A chemical experiment that caused a small flare-up and smoke led officials to evacuate the University of Minnesota, Morris Science Building Wednesday afternoon.

Morris firefighters received the call just after 4 p.m., said Fire Chief Doug Storck. At about 4:45 p.m., students, staff and professors were allowed back in the building.

Students apparently placed material in a sink that caused the reaction. UMM Police, campus environmental staff, the Morris Fire Department, Morris Police and the Stevens County Ambulance Service responded to the call.

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