Emergency declared at University

Dozens of firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the University of Southampton this morning, alerted to what was thought to be a hazardous materials incident. University Road was closed […]


Dozens of firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the University of Southampton this morning, alerted to what was thought to be a hazardous materials incident.

A chemistry experiment failed and caused alarm

A chemistry experiment failed and caused alarm

University Road was closed at 6am while emergency services, including paramedics, a reported eight fire engines and specialist firefighting equipment, poured in to campus to respond to the potentially major incident.

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University Road closed this morning. Image: Paul Rodga

The incident was fortunately found to be “very minor” involving an overnight chemistry experiment in an enclosed cabinet.

University Road and buildings on campus have since reopened.

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University Road closed this morning. Image: Paul Rodga