Chemical spill prompts brief evacuation at University

A chemical spill alert was sent out to students, staff and faculty at 12:55 p.m., notifying them of a spill at the Masonic Cancer Research.

<p>Students and faculty evacuate the Masonic cancer research center after reports of a possible chemical spill.</p>

Easton Green

Students and faculty evacuate the Masonic cancer research center after reports of a possible chemical spill.

Max Chao

A chemical spill at a University research building led to a brief evacuation Friday.

Around 12:55 p.m., the Masonic Cancer Research Building located on 425 E. River Parkway was evacuated for precautionary reasons due to a chemical spill, said a University spokesperson.

Minneapolis Fire Department responded to the incident, the spokesperson said.

A “very small pipette of fluid” was mishandled, causing the spill, said Bryan Tyner, public information officer for the MFD.

An alert announcing the building was clear and safe to return to was sent at 1:45 p.m. Personnel were let back into the building after the fire department deemed the air to be non-hazardous, Tyner said.