The Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building at the University of Maryland was evacuated on Wednesday, May 1, due to what was originally described as an “incident.”
Police and the fire department responded to the scene. Additionally, the university asked students, staff, and any other civilian nearby to avoid the area while emergency units responded.
The University of Maryland Police Department said that a lab experiment caught fire and that there are no injuries at this time. Furthermore, there is no word on the extent of damage to the building.
“An incident has occurred at the Chemical & Nuclear Engineering Building. Police and Fire Department are on the scene. The building has been evacuated. Please avoid the area and follow Police direction. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available,” the university’s official safety alert read.
In addition to the University of Maryland Police Department, the Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services also responded to the scene.
Neither police nor University of Maryland officials has provided further information.
About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, which is the primary school in the University System of Maryland, is the largest university in the state with a student body of over 41,000 students.
Founded on March 6, 1856, and located in College Park, the University of Maryland offers over 200 different degree programs.
The U.S. News and World Report rankings of National Universities in the United States had the University of Maryland ranked as the 63rd best college in the nation and the 20th best public university in the country.
Due to the school’s consistently high rankings, the University of Maryland has been called a “Public Ivy”.
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