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Crews remove potentially explosive chemical from NDSU lab

Authorities removed a potentially explosive chemical from a building at North Dakota State University on Tuesday, March 12. WDAY photo1 / 3
Authorities removed a potentially explosive chemical from a building at North Dakota State University on Tuesday, March 12. WDAY photo2 / 3
Authorities removed a potentially explosive chemical from a building at North Dakota State University on Tuesday, March 12. WDAY photo3 / 3

FARGO — Authorities came to a North Dakota State University laboratory Tuesday, March 12, to remove an expired chemical that could have combusted if it had crystallized, according to the Fargo Fire Department.

The fire department, NDSU police and Fargo bomb squad — some wearing hazmat outfits — were at Dunbar Laboratory at about 10:30 a.m. The removal of the chemical was planned for Tuesday because the university is on spring break.

Battalion Chief Joe Mangin of the Fargo Fire Department said a professor had notified authorities to express concerns about the chemical, a clear colorless liquid called tetrahydrofuran. Authorities said the chemical could have exploded if it had crystallized.

It took roughly two hours for crews to safely remove the chemical from the area.

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