Nitric acid leak reported on UK campus

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.