USF Lab Explosion

by Carol Lim

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A disaster recovery crew is working tonight in the conference room next to the Intezyne Laboratory where a refrigerator exploded. The blast set off the sprinklers in the first floor conference room. The explosion left burn marks and was so strong it shattered the glass. USF researchers also were allowed to enter their building tonight to check on their laboratories. These photos were taken around 8:15 p.m.

Fire Marshall and Hazardous Material investigators were at the University of South Florida in Tampa this morning to find out why a refrigerator exploded overnight inside a first floor laboratory in the Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDRB) at 3720 Spectrum Boulevard. No one was hurt inside the Intezyne laboratory. This morning John Kersh, the building’s supervisor and USF staff waited outside during the investigation. The university also beefed up security around the Research and Innovation building. Draper Laboratory staff were allowed to enter their side of the complex, Kersh said this morning. As the investigation continued, news media also backed farther away from the site of the explosion.

USF researchers and staff received texts after 11 a.m. that the building will be closed the rest of today.

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