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UPDATE: UW Chemistry Building reopens after chemical leak


MADISON (WKOW) -- The UW Chemistry Building has reopened after a chemical leak.

The Madison Fire Department says liquid nitrogen was first reported leaking around 6:40 p.m. Monday.

The building was evacuated and everyone got out safely.

Firefighters called in the Hazardous Incident Team to control the leak. Members contacted a technician from an industrial gas company that supplies liquid nitrogen. Before he arrived, photos of the tank were sent to his phone and from that, he was able to tell firefighters to turn off a switch on the control panel to reduce the amount of liquid nitrogen leaking from the tank.

Firefighters and police shut down parts of the streets around the building while the leak was cleaned up.

The building got the all clear around 8:30 p.m.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A possible chemical spill forced the evacuation of the Chemistry Building at UW-Madison.

The Madison Fire Department and the UW Police Department responded to the call.

Mills and Charter Streets are closed between University Avenue and Johnson Street.

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