A chemical explosion occurred inside the Science West building on Oct. 16, according to SIUE Police Chief Kevin Schmoll. 

There were four students in the room at the time, and according to Schmoll one suffered lacerations to their hands, forearms and stomach. The other three students were not injured in the explosion. 

Schmoll did not identify the injured student to The Alestle.

Police received a call detailing the incident around 4:20 p.m. that day.

Police administered first aid to the student until EMS and fire department members arrived. Schmoll said the paramedics placed a tourniquet on one of his arms before he went to the hospital.

The injured student was then transported to St. Louis University Hospital for treatment, but was released from the hospital in the early hours of the morning. 

Schmoll said that all of the injuries were due to broken glass, not from the chemical.

The explosion was caused by a student heating the chemical thioxanthen, which Schmoll said is supposed to be worked with at room temperature.

“Because [thioxanthen] is a hazardous material, we sealed off the room until a hazmat team could come in and clean it up,” Schmoll said.

Schmoll said the room was reopened on Oct. 17.

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