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Explosive chemical forces evacuation at Manchester University

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Image caption Some acetone peroxide was reported to have crystallised at the Paper Science Building

A University of Manchester building was evacuated because of a potentially explosive chemical, police have said.

Officers were called to the Paper Science Building, Sackville Street, at 11:30 GMT after a report some acetone peroxide had crystallised, making it volatile.

Police also evacuated surrounding buildings as a precaution but said they believed there was no malicious intent.

They said the incident was resolved and buildings reopened.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said there was no connection between the evacuation and a explosion involving chemicals at a University of Liverpool laboratory earlier.

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