Manchester Uni evacuation: Building closed off amid ‘explosive’ chemical fears

A Manchester University building on Sackville Street has been evacuated by police after the discovery of a ‘potentially explosive’ chemical.

At around 11.30am this morning, GMP were called to the Paper Science Building in the city-centre after reports that some Acetone Peroxide had ‘crystallised’, making it potentially explosive.

As a precaution, officers evacuated the buildings in the immediate vicinity.

News of the explosion reached social media where users shared their concern.


Road closures on Sackville Street, Whitworth Street, the slip road to the Mancunian Way and Princess Street that were previously closed have now been re-opened by police.

Firefighters were also called to the University of Liverpool this morning after an explosion at a chemistry lab injured a researcher, but it has been labelled a ‘co-incidence’.


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