Serious Lab Explosion in U of Hawaii-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Serious Lab Explosion in U of Hawaii

In April 2016, there was a serious explosion at a laboratory at the University of Hawaii, in which a researcher lost a portion of her arm.  She was working on a procedure where she was combining hydrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen from high pressure cylinders to a lower pressure tank.  She was using a digital pressure gauge that was NOT designed for use with flammable gases, and a spark caused the explosion.  You can read more about the incident at:  http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/web/2016/04/Spark-pressure-gauge-caused-University.html explosion
The explosion also shattered fume hood sash windows and knocked
over equipment in thenorthwest corner of the lab.
Credit: Honolulu Fire Department

A good lesson here is to always ensure that you are using items appropriate for the hazards of the materials you are working with.  This is especially true with set-ups that you are building yourself!