CHESTNUT HILL (CBS) – A woman was hurt in a chemical explosion at Boston College late Saturday morning.

BC spokesman Jack Dunn told WBZ-TV international PhD student Hee Yeon Cho was in a room in the basement of the Merkert Chemistry Center around 10:40 a.m. when a beaker she was working with broke.

She ran from the building.

Boston firefighters responded and once they realized one person was unaccounted for, they evacuated the hall.

It was declared it a Level 3 Hazardous Materials situation, which means authorities went into the building in chemical protection suits.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports

Officers later found Cho at her home on Faneuil Street in Brighton a short time later. She was treated for respiratory issues, burns and cuts from shattered glass.  She was also decontaminated because she had come in contact with Thionyl Chloride, a chemical that can become explosive when mixed in certain combinations.

hee yeon cho Woman Hurt In Explosion At BC Lab

Hee Yeon Cho (photo courtesy: BC Chemistry Newsletter)

Cho was then taken to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center for treatment.  Her injuries are not life-threatening.

Hazardous material technicians also checked her apartment and car with meters as a precaution, the Boston Fire Department tweeted.

Boston College has a cleanup company taking care of the lab.

Comments (12)
  1. emom says:

    They probably ran because it WAS a dangerous mix of chemicals…. I would so run to if it fizzled, sparked, or did something I was unsure of…. glad they are ok

    1. Upnorth says:

      If you are not properly trained to deal properly with a dangerous chemical reaction, you should be closely supervised by someone who is. If you are in violation of a policy that says you should be closely supervised, you should be disciplined, not to mention having to pay for all the damage.

  2. PB87 says:

    “Woman Runs After In Explosion At BC Lab”?

    Me fail Englinsh? That’s unpossible!

  3. Michelle says:

    At least now I know what all the sirens were for this morning!

  4. Betty says:

    “A graduate student was in a room in the basement of the Merkert Chemistry Center around 10:40 a.m. when an experiment she was working on suddenly blew up.”

    Holy mackerel, she made an error of that magnitude, then she ran away to hide while leaving everyone else in the building exposed. She has a huge case of ” I am the only one who counts here, and I don’t want to face the consequences”.

  5. Rick says:

    She did not run away. She cleaned up the spill and then went home to change her clothes.

    1. Upnorth says:

      If you’re reporting new facts, please supply a source.

  6. MW says:

    Thionyl Chloride is explosive when combined with water. It is a possibility that the mixture she was combining was not dried properly with an anhydrous sulfate or other compound to remove any contaminants.

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