UCSD Building Evacuated for Hazmat Incident at Chemistry Lab

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    A hazardous materials incident has prompted fire crews to evacuate the social sciences building at UC San Diego on Aug. 29, 2014. NBC 7's Nicole Gomez reports.

    A hazardous materials incident has prompted fire crews to evacuate the social sciences building at UC San Diego.

    San Diego Fire-Rescue officials say two unknown chemicals mixed by staff members in a school chemistry lab, possibly creating explosive material.

    An SDFD hazmat team and bomb squad were called in around 5:50 p.m. to deal with the situation. Once on scene, they ordered that the building be evacuated and that those in adjacent buildings shelter in place. 

    Roads in the area were closed as a precaution.

    However, by 8:30 p.m., the SDFD crews began downgrading the response as the threat no longer posed a problem. 

    They have since handed operations over to the UCSD hazmat team, which will dispose of the chemicals.