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Ammonia Leak On South Carolina Campus

SCHOOL CONFIRMS “GAS LEAK” AT ENGINEERING FACILITY || By FITSNEWS || The Columbia, S.C. fire department is responding to a reported ammonia leak on the campus of the University of South Carolina. Several streets around the Swearingen Engineering Center – located at 300 Main Street – have been blocked off…

SCHOOL CONFIRMS “GAS LEAK” AT ENGINEERING FACILITY

|| By FITSNEWS || The Columbia, S.C. fire department is responding to a reported ammonia leak on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Several streets around the Swearingen Engineering Center – located at 300 Main Street – have been blocked off by fire department personnel and officers of the Columbia, S.C. police department.  The building itself has also been evacuated.  Additionally, fire department personnel successfully rescued a disabled person from a second floor lab, according to our sources.

Ammonia – a nitrogen and hydrogen compound – is a key pharmaceutical building block.  It is a light, colorless gas that emits a strong odor.

In addition to police and fire units, a hazardous materials (HAZMAT) team has also been dispatched to the Swearingen building.  No word yet on what triggered the leak – or whether emergency responders had successfully shut it off.

According to our sources, firemen were “attempting to locate pressure relief valves and (a) shutoff valve.”

Hold up … there’s no one there who knows where those valves are?

Sheesh …

Anyway, as we like to say “developing.”

UPDATE: Via a “Carolina Alert,” the school has confirmed a “gas leak” at the facility.  Meanwhile a pair of fire department teams are preparing to enter the building to perform “atmospheric monitoring.”

UPDATE II: No official “all clear” yet, but our sources say both fire department teams have exited the building and that “valves have been turn off and secured.”

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25 comments

CNSYD May 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Folks is just like the definition of an auditor. Someone who goes into a battlefield and shoots the wounded. Notice his use of hyperbole by saying the individual was “rescued”?

I am presuming (not really) that Folks has studied the Hazmat evacuation plans, ingress and egress locations, number, signage etc., building personnel loading, etc.

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CFD Said May 5, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Per the Columbia Fire Department the person was rescued from the 2nd floor.

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Swearingen May 5, 2015 at 1:59 pm

A disabled student was removed from the second floor by firefighters in full firemen suits after everyone else had evacuated and then turned over to medics. That’s a rescue in any book, or so I believe.

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CNSYD May 5, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Would you expect firemen to show up in less than full gear not knowing exactly what they will be dealing with?

So are you saying the student’s instructors/fellow students “abandoned” him and left?

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Swearingen May 5, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Everyone else had evacuated. His professor advised the FD of his location so they could rescue him.

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utah May 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

The issue you raised initially was not “how” the person came to be in need of rescue, but rather whether someone was actually in need of rescue. I guess after being proven wrong, you are trying to deflect.

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CNSYD May 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Proven “wrong”? His fellow students and his instructor left him. Plain and simple. They decided he wasn’t their problem.

CNSYD May 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Speaking of deflection, was this “story” an attempt by Folks to deflect attention from the window cleaner in food story at USC east on the national news?

a face in the crowd May 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Stick to soybean wind, CNSYD.

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CNSYD May 5, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Dumb face speaks. I guess next he will tell us how it is all Barker, the Clemson BOT, etc.’s fault. Everything else is, so why not this. I bet Troutman rode in on a white horse and saved the day.

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a face in the crowd May 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

Cover up any homicides today? How about trumping up criminal charges for political retaliation?

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CNSYD May 6, 2015 at 1:42 am

What homicides have been committed? Criminal charges are brought by solicitors and grand juries or didn’t you know that.

major major May 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm

Sounds like someone is trying to get out of finals.

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Nölff May 5, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Stupid government-run schools.

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CNSYD May 5, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Bingo!

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jimlewisowb May 5, 2015 at 2:28 pm

At one point there were well marked cut off valves located on the walls for all lab lines

On several occasions students were faced with situations that called for the valves to either be turned off or turned on – unfortunately the students were unable to properly manage the values

Maintenance then put signs above all valve outlets – Righty Tighty , Lefty Loosy

Soon after this all signs were removed and valves were rerouted to closets – it seems the male engineering students started showing up for class with their right testicle tucked in their jockeys and their left testicle hanging in the wind

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shifty henry May 5, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Those kids (heh)(heh) — they’re pranksters all!

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easterndumbfuckistan May 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm

BREAKING NEWS:

The ammonia leak actually turned out to be a soybeanwind blowing in from the upstate.
Hazmat teams were able to contain the powerful toxic gas and Sir Soybeanwind, Baron of Death Valley, Protector of The Rock, Viscount of Pickens was given an extra large dosage of bean-o in order to prevent another incident.

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E Norma Scok May 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Lulz..noone at an ENGINEERING EDUCATION BUILDING knows where the correct valves are to shut off poisonous gas.

“As a Gamecock, the ability to lead is endless.”

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#Soybeanwind May 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Clemson a place as pleasant as an edamame fart.

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E Norma Scok May 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Well, I guess ee all can’t be in as beautiful and cultured an area as downtown Columbia, where the 100+ degree winds in the summertime reek of a bum’s urine and the smell of the unburned diesel fuel from city buses.

But on the plus side, 5 points is literally a human sewer, and smells like it as well.

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#Soybeanwind May 5, 2015 at 3:45 pm

The buses run on mostly run on propane, and the homeless have relocated away from campus towards North Columbia. I don’t go to 5 points so I wouldn’t know what it smells like, and it’s not my scene. The weather is hot in the summer but that can be said about just about anywhere in the SE USA. At least it isn’t as humid as Charleston or as wet as Clemson.

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E Norma Scok May 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm

Columbia sucks,

There isn’t enough money to ever make me live there again. I did almost 4 years there and it was like an internment.

Duhhhh May 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm

“there’s no one there who knows where those valves are”

bet if you showed up at 100 random homes maybe 10% would know where the valve is to shut off the water main…

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E Norma Scok May 5, 2015 at 7:13 pm

I wonder how many of these owners teach engineering in an accredited school?

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