The Oct. 30, 2002 Fred Hall Acid Spill

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An acid spill led to a full-scale operation by the Dane County Hazardous Incident Team to identify, contain and remove the problem. As the extent of spillage from chemical containers was initially unknown, a general evacuation of the building was ordered. It turned out that a jug of concentrated hydrochloric acid was broken (the shiny object in Photo 1), and apparently some concentrated sulfuric acid was spilled as well. Fire Department photos and a link to further information are here.

So, the hazmat team got in a good practice session, afternoon classes were cancelled, some instructors held their scheduled office hours outdoors (just across the street), and most of us got a few hours off.

A refreshingly different afternoon with a chance to see some real professionals at their job.







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