Federal investigation into Texas Tech chemistry explosion - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/19/10

Federal investigation into Texas Tech chemistry explosion

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There is a now a federal investigation into the Texas Tech chemistry lab explosion that severely injured a grad student.

Texas Tech grad student, Preston Brown, suffered severe burns and cuts to his hands and face January 7th in the Texas Tech Chemistry building.

The United States Chemical Safety Board is now looking into the accident.

Texas Tech tells us the chemical Brown was using was nickel hydrazine perchlorate, a primary explosive that is sensitive to flame.

The Chemical Safety Board chairman says accidents happen in chemistry labs ever year, and it's time to see if they can be prevented.

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