BREAKING NEWS: "Chemical incident" evacuates Dow Hall


Officers stand outside Dow Science Building after an alert was sent out by the university March 1.

A member of the Central Michigan University community came across a hazardous chemical "that they did not expect to find" in a storage facility on the first floor of Dow Hall, according to Central Michigan University Police Department Lt. Michael Sienkiewicz.

The hall was evacuated due to a "chemical incident," according to a Central Alert sent out at 4:55 p.m. on March 1. Sienkiewicz said it was a flammable/explosive chemical. 

"There was no explosion, spill, or anything like that," Sienkiewicz said. "(Emergency services) just had to get the bottle out of there. We want to make sure that everything is done right and as soon as it's safe we'll open the building back up."

The building was cleared and safe for entry by a 8:43 p.m. Central Alert.