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Missouri State University Sorority House: Two Small Chemical Bombs Detonate, Minor Injuries

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Two small chemical bombs apparently detonated inside a Missouri State University sorority house yesterday causing minor injuries to one individual.

The incident at the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house involved "two chemical overpressure devices that were found to have exploded," the Springfield Fire Department says in a news release.

The fire marshal found "what appeared to be two plastic containers that ruptured from over pressurization." One person -- police don't specify if it was a student -- sustained chemical burns to the arm after touching the substance while attempting to clean up the bottles before fire officials arrived, authorities say.

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This individual was treated at the scene.

The person who found the containers called 911, and the fire department's hazardous materials team responded -- and quickly determined that the materials in question were not hazardous.

There was, however, minor damage to the exterior, but no structural damage to the building, fire officials say.

It apparently was not a very loud explosion. The fire department says it's unknown when the containers ruptured, but that it most likely happened several hours before anyone noticed. The investigation is ongoing.

Fire officials say the devices were "not incendiary in nature and did not contain explosive material." They do, however, pose a danger to individuals and while some may think it's a "harmless prank," the department says, using the devices is considered a Class C felony.

The sorority tweeted that everyone is OK:

And the incident sparked some MSU fraternity twitter love:

Missouri State University posted an update from the fire department on its Facebook page, noting that the city had corrected its original release.

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via Facebook

That release says, "The Fire Department did not intend to raise undue concern over this incident."

Daily RFT left a message with a fire department official to get additional information. We'll update if we hear back. In the meantime, the full fire department statement:

Update on investigation at sorority house

The Fire Department would like to clarify and update the incorrect information in a recent news release on the investigation into the two chemical overpressure devices that were found to have exploded at the rear entrance of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority House at 1141 East Elm. A person found the remains of two plastic containers at the rear entrance and called 911. The Fire Department's Hazardous Materials team responded, but upon arrival determined that it was not a hazardous materials incident and requested a Fire Marshal to investigate. The Fire Marshal found what appeared to be two plastic containers that ruptured from over pressurization. One person sustained chemical burns to an arm having come into contact with the substance while attempting to clean up the bottles prior to the Fire Department's arrival. The individual was treated at the scene for minor injuries and declined transport. While there was minor damage to the exterior, no structural damage occurred to the building. It is unknown when the containers ruptured, but was most likely at least several hours before being noticed. The Fire Department will continue to investigate.

While these devices were not incendiary in nature and did not contain explosive material, they do pose a danger to individuals. The Fire Department did not intend to raise undue concern over this incident; however, it does want individuals considering using such a device thinking it is a harmless prank to know that it is considered a Class C Felony.

And here's footage from Channel 5 (KSDK):

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8 comments
ben44
ben44

"Two small chemical bombs apparently detonated inside a Missouri State University sorority house..." "There was, however, minor damage to the exterior, but no structural damage to the building, fire officials say" so consistent.

ben44
ben44

"two small chemical bombs apparently detonated inside a Missouri State University sorority house..." "There was, however, minor damage to the exterior, but no structural damage to the building, fire officials say" so consistent.

laxx1559
laxx1559

Sounds like a chlorine bomb

Jack Newsham
Jack Newsham

"...it was not a hazardous materials incident..." "...did not contain explosive material..." "Bomb" oversells this one. I'll think twice before clicking the next headline.

George Lowe
George Lowe

HA, it's funny? Or, HA I made the newspaper? (kidding)

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