Several buildings shut down following SC State explosion

ORANGEBURG, SC (WCSC) - Several buildings are still shut down for contamination following a chemical explosion at South Carolina State university in Orangeburg.

Fire officials from the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety were called to the university around 4 p.m. after the explosion, which happened during a chemistry class. The chemical explosion happened in the Leroy Davis Science complex.

Five students and a lab tech were taken to Orangeburg Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

According to school spokesperson Erica Taylor, the Leroy Davis Science Complex was shut down while fire officials and investigators checked out the scene. Hodge Hall and Davis Hall were both evacuated and have been closed until further notice for decontamination purposes.

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