New Brunswick

UNB reopens Toole Hall in Fredericton after small explosion

The University of New Brunswick has reopened Toole Hall after a small chemical explosion sent one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries on Thursday morning.

1 person was injured and sent to hospital on Thursday morning

University of New Brunswick students were standing outside of Toole Hall on Thursday morning after a small explosion. (CBC)

The University of New Brunswick has reopened Toole Hall after a small chemical explosion sent one person to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries on Thursday morning.

One person was injured in the Thursday morning incident and the person has been sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

​David McKinley, Fredericton's assistant deputy fire chief, said the fire department was alerted to the problem at 9:48 a.m.

Students in white lab coats were standing behind yellow police tape outside of Toole Hall on Thursday. The building has been reopened and classes have resumed. (CBC)
​When crews arrived at the UNB facility, McKinley said it was determined that it was a small chemical explosion.

"The products inside were deemed to be non-volatile and [the building had] a safe atmosphere. Crews are inside doing an investigation at this time," he said.

The chemical involved in the explosion has not been identified.

Students in white lab coats were standing behind yellow police tape on Thursday.

​David McKinley, Fredericton's assistant deputy fire chief, said it is too soon to tell whether there are any similarities between today's explosion and one earlier this month at a different building on UNB's Fredericton campus. (CBC)
The Fredericton Fire Department has an investigator on scene and it has secured the building while it assesses the situation.

UNB is also working with the fire department to see how the explosion happened.

"People from the chemistry department are inside with investigators and putting together the pieces of what happened," McKinley said.

It is too soon to tell whether there are any similarities between the explosion on Thursday morning and the one on campus earlier this month.

On Oct. 6, two people were sent to the hospital after an explosion at the Enterprise Building #1.