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Man hurt in Edinburgh University chemical 'eruption'

Kings Buildings
The man had been working in a laboratory at the King's Buildings

A man has been taken to hospital after a chemical incident at Edinburgh University.

Twenty firefighters and seven appliances were called out to a second-floor laboratory at the King's Buildings in Mayfield Road at 11:30.

A fire service spokeswoman said a mixture of chemicals had "erupted" and injured a member of staff.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary suffering from irritation to his face.

The spokeswoman said a bottle of chemicals involved in the incident was now "considered safe" and residual water in the laboratory was being cleared up.

A spokesman for the University of Edinburgh said: "An incident took place at King's Buildings this morning when a student poured benzyl bromide into a beaker which he thought was dry.

"As there was moisture in the beaker, the chemical reacted and splashed the student's face.

"The student had followed all appropriate health and safety procedures and was wearing a lab coat and goggles.

"First aid was administered at the scene, and the student was then taken to hospital for treatment. No other staff or students were placed at risk."

The King's Buildings are the main campus for the university's College of Science and Engineering and houses seven university schools.

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