Planet Princeton

Accident at Princeton University’s Frick Lab Results in Evacuation, Three People Taken to Hospital

The scene outside the Frick lab this afternoon. Photo by Seth Callen.

About 300 people were evacuated from the Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University this afternoon after a glass container that had chemicals in it, which was stored in a cabinet, broke and injured a postdoctoral researcher, University officials said.

The researcher, who officials said was wearing rubber gloves and eye protection when the incident occurred at 1:19 p.m., was taken to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro for treatment of minor chemical burns on her face. A graduate student who was in the laboratory at the time was taken to the  hospital as a precaution. The lab was inspected and reopened at 3 p.m.

Nitric acid was mixed with a solvent in the container, causing a reaction that built up pressure. When the container broke, the impact forced the cabinet door open. The door struck the researcher, bruising her right knee.

The Princeton University Department of Public Safety, Princeton Fire Department, Princeton University volunteer firefighters, the Trenton Fire Department’s Hazmat team and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad responded to the incident.

A public safety officer was also taken to the hospital for evaluation after he experienced tingling in his arm, which may have been caused by exposure to the acid as he was helping the researcher.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

Events Calendar

« January 2018 » loading...
M T W T F S S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
Fri 19

Set in Stone: Lithography in France, 1815-1900

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri 19

KARAYOGI! family friendly Karaoke!

January 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 20

Art in the Park: Winter Workshops for Children

January 20 @ 10:00 am - March 19 @ 11:30 pm
Sat 20

Waldorf School of Princeton Open House

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 20

Teens-Only Yoga+Meditation

January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sat 20

1st and 3rd Youth Groups

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 20

T-Connect Trans Youth Group

January 20 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun 21
Sun 21

Ice Sculpture Demonstration Day

January 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sun 21

Carillon Concert at Princeton University

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
  • Get 15% off your first order with Vosges Haut-Chocolat
       

Advertisement

  • Get 15% off your first order with Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Events Calendar

« January 2018 » loading...
M T W T F S S
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
Fri 19

Set in Stone: Lithography in France, 1815-1900

January 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fri 19

KARAYOGI! family friendly Karaoke!

January 19 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat 20

Art in the Park: Winter Workshops for Children

January 20 @ 10:00 am - March 19 @ 11:30 pm
Sat 20

Waldorf School of Princeton Open House

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
%d bloggers like this: