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Two Injured in Charlestown Lab Incident

Boston EMS and Fire Department officials responded to a 'chemical incident' in an MGH lab in the Charlestown Navy Yard at around 3 p.m.

[UPDATED Tuesday, Feb. 26, 4:11 p.m.]

Two people are being transported to the hospital after a chemical incident occurred in a Massachusetts General Hospital lab in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

The Boston Fire Department received a call at around 3 p.m. for a "possible chemical incident" in a 10-story building at 149 13th Street.

By about 3:30 p.m., two people were being taken from the scene to the hospital—one person who was injured in the original incident and one emergency responder who was injured at the scene. Both injuries appeared to be minor, according to Fire Department officials.

The incident apparently occurred in a sixth-floor lab, where a lab technician was working with the chemical tetrazine when it caused some glassware to shatter, according to Boston Fire Department reports. The lab technician is being treated for an injury caused by the shattering glass.

The second person, a firefighter, was injured outside the building while unloading equipment, according to reports.

Neither the lab technician nor the emergency responder's injuries are life-threatening, according to Boston Fire reports. The incident did not result in the release of any hazardous chemicals into the lab; however, a hazardous materials team is investigating further.

Charlestown Patch will have more on this incident as information becomes available.

Dan February 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Info on tetrazine for medical use - http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bc8004446
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 27, 2013 at 09:22 PM
These "incidents" at that MGH lab are getting a bit frequent, no?

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