Students were doing hot work when a valve broke, releasing gas in the Wick Science building Tuesday, said Battalion Chief Jerry Raymond. A student pulled the fire alarm, he said, and the police and fire departments responded. There was not a fire, Raymond said.
People evacuated the building after the alarm was pulled, lining up on 8th Street South across the street from the building. Public Safety blocked the street off to prevent traffic from flowing through.
Coordinating with police, Raymond said the timeline for re-opening the building would be short. Around 4 p.m., people were allowed back into the building. Raymond said people might smell a little gas, but it does not pose a threat.
Raymond said they would leave a two trucks behind, in the case they’re needed.