An odor emanating from lab ovens Wednesday morning led to a hazmat incident report outside of the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering building.
After faculty members observed a smell coming from the ovens, they placed the equipment outside of the building, according to a statement provided by a University of Maryland spokesperson. They alerted the hazmat team “out of an abundance of caution,” according to the statement.
The hazardous materials response team found no indication of the harmful gases or chemicals in the area, according to the statement. The fire department deemed the area safe just before 10:40 a.m., according to an alert.
The alert came in the heat of a power outage announced hours earlier, which affected at least 20 campus buildings, according to a UMD alert. Between the two events, the university’s digital alert system sent seven messages in less than four hours.
Senior staff writer Clara Niel contributed to this report.
This story has been updated.