UPDATE: Dropped beakers led to chemical spill at UI's Beckman Institute

UPDATE: Dropped beakers led to chemical spill at UI's Beckman Institute

UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.:

URBANA — One person was taken to a hospital as a precaution after a chemical spill Monday at the Beckman Institute on the University of Illinois campus.

Around 12:30 p.m., Urbana Fire Marshal Phil Edwards said, first responders were told that a man was moving beakers in a laboratory when some of them fell out of the bottom of the box they were in.

That caused some liquid Nitrobenzene to spill. The skin irritant is hazardous when inhaled, Edwards said.

Edwards said it's not known whether any Nitrobenzene came in contact with the man's skin.

Beckman was off-limits for close to three hours Monday, the first day of the spring semester. At 3:24 p.m., the campus announced in an Illini Alert that "the emergency has ended," declaring it "safe to resume regular activities and to re-enter the building."

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Original story, published 2:20 p.m.:

URBANA — The Beckman Institute will remain off-limits for much of Monday afternoon following the release of "hazardous materials."

The chemical release has been contained to the building, campus officials announced Monday. 

In an email alert at 1:46 p.m., officials said the situation was "under control" but that the cleanup could take at least two hours.

"Do not re-enter Beckman while fire personnel deal with the spill," officials added.

Emergency responders were still on the scene as of 2:11 p.m., when the campus sent out its most recent Illini Alert.

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