Nitric acid leak reported on UK campus

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comJune 15, 2013 

A nitric acid leak that occurred Saturday at the University of Kentucky Health Sciences Research Building did not cause a chemical reaction, according to UK spokeswoman Kathy Johnson.

The spill was reported at 10:41 a.m., Johnson said. By 12:45 p.m., officials with Lexington's Hazardous Materials Division had determined that the spill was "not reactive" meaning that it would not cause a fire or chemical reaction, said Johnson. UK Environmental Health and Safety staff were cleaning up the spill, Johnson said.

Veterans Drive and a portion of University Drive was initially closed, but were opened shortly after 1 p.m.

However, Johnson said the second floor of the Health Sciences Research Building remained closed Saturday afternoon.

Lexington Police Lt. Chris Van Brackel and Johnson said there were no injuries.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears

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