UCSD Building Evacuated for Hazmat Incident at Chemistry Lab

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    A hazardous materials incident has prompted fire crews to evacuate the social sciences building at UC San Diego on Aug. 29, 2014. NBC 7's Nicole Gomez reports. (Published Saturday, Aug 30, 2014)

    A hazardous materials incident has prompted fire crews to evacuate the social sciences building at UC San Diego.

    San Diego Fire-Rescue officials say two unknown chemicals mixed by staff members in a school chemistry lab, possibly creating explosive material.

    An SDFD hazmat team and bomb squad were called in around 5:50 p.m. to deal with the situation. Once on scene, they ordered that the building be evacuated and that those in adjacent buildings shelter in place. 

    Roads in the area were closed as a precaution.

    However, by 8:30 p.m., the SDFD crews began downgrading the response as the threat no longer posed a problem. 

    They have since handed operations over to the UCSD hazmat team, which will dispose of the chemicals.