This is the university's official site for emergency planning and procedures. During an emergency, updates will be posted here.
Status Update: July 9, 2018 at 8:18 PM
Emergency crews have reopened the Natural Sciences Building and have deemed it safe to reenter. The building was evacuated at 6:15 p.m. this evening after a small-scale chemical reaction caused the release of smoke in a 5 floor lab. There were no injuries and no damage to the lab.
The incident was first reported as a fire but emergency crews quickly determined there was no fire.
Responders from UB’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety say the incident likely resulted from reaction of nitric acid within a chemical-waste receptacle in the lab. The incident is contained and poses no danger to campus community.
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When conditions become so severe that the university cannot operate effectively, a decision may be made to change scheduled operations, resulting in class cancellations, early departure for nonessential employees or, in rare cases, a closing.
Timely and accurate announcements regarding changes in UB’s scheduled operations will be made via our emergency communication channels.