A mass evacuation of a laboratory at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, part of the University of Manchester, was sparked after unstable chemicals were discovered on site.
According to the Manchester Evening News, the substances in question were being used as part of ongoing work but emergency services had to be called – including fire, police and specialist ambulance crews – as a precaution.
A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman confirmed that the substances were being assessed but the incident was not terror related. And a North West Ambulance Service representative said there were four hazardous response teams on site, as well as an ambulance and senior clinician.
The GMP rep was quoted by the news source as saying: “At around 2.15pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018, police received a report that a quantity of unstable chemicals had been found in a laboratory within a university building on Princess Street in the city centre. Emergency services are in attendance and three buildings have been evacuated as a precaution.”
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