23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 06-03-2015 07:02

      Friday 06, March 2015

      WATCH: Manchester university evacuated after chemical scare

      HUNDREDS of people were evacuated at the University of Manchester on Wednesday following concerns over the way a highly volatile chemical was being stored.

      Emergency services were called to the Pariser Building on Sackville Street at around 11:30am when it was reported that acetone peroxide, a highly explosive chemical, had crystalised. 

      Staff, students and residents in the area were forced to leave the buildings while Princess Street, Whitworth Street, Sackville Street and the slip road to Mancunian Way were all closed while emergency services cleared the area.

      At approximately 4pm, the closures were lifted and the bomb disposal unit took the chemical away to carry out a ‘controlled explosion’.

      A full investigation is now underway and it is now suggested that the incident was down to a researcher at the university and not a student as first thought.

      By Jennie Henry