MUN engineering building re-opened, after malfunctioning device tamed with water cannon

Memorial University's engineering building was evacuated Thursday afternoon.

Personal belongings left behind during evacuation can be picked up between 8 and 10 p.m.

Memorial University's engineering building was evacuated Thursday. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)

Memorial University's engineering building in St. John's has now been cleared to re-opened to the public.

Officials from MUN said in a release Thursday evening that the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's Explosives Disposal Unit used a water cannon to release pressure from a malfunctioning device and the building is now all clear.

According to the university, the facility was evacuated after the device stopped working during an the experiment in a second floor lab.

The St. John's Regional Fire Department and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary were on scene all afternoon and into the evening.

MUN added that anyone with personal property left in public areas in the building could return between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, or make alternate arrangements before the building opens tomorrow by calling 864-7461.

RNC officers put yellow tape around the evacuated area Thursday afternoon. (Andrew Sampson/CBC)