Update: UMass Dartmouth science building re-opens following chemical spill

Dec 9, 2019

The Science and Engineering building at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus is back open for business after a chemical spill forced an evacuation and hazmat response on December 9. 

According to a university emergency alert, a chemical spill occurred inside a lab at the Science and Engineering building shortly before 1 p.m. 

The building was immediately evacuated, and Dartmouth Fire District No. 3 and hazmat crews were called to the scene to respond. Hazmat crews entered the affected lab at 4:30 p.m. and determined the spill posed no threat. 

A chemical cleanup crew is now working in the affected area, between SENG Rooms 315 and 320. 

While those rooms will remain closed, the Science and Engineering building was declared safe to re-open immediately. According to the alert, the affected rooms are anticipated to be ready to re-open at 8 a.m. December 10.