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Improper use of gauge set off UH lab explosion

  • COURTESY HONOLULU FIRE DEPARTMENT

    The damaged University of Hawaii laboratory at 1680 East-West Road following the March 16 explosion that severely injured a postdoctoral fellow while mixing gases.

  • DENNIS ODA / doda@staradvertiser.com

    The damaged University of Hawaii laboratory at 1680 East-West Road following the March 16th explosion that severely injured a graduate student while mixing gases.

  • COURTESY HONOLULU FIRE DEPARTMENT

    Damaged caused by a March 16 explosion at a University of Hawaii lab.

  • It’s not a question of whether this particular gauge was faulty. It’s a question of whether this gauge is appropriate for this use.”

    Dan Meisenzahl

    UH spokesman, shown below, left, with Honolulu Fire Battalion Chief Terry Seelig at a news conference at the university Monday

A powerful explosion at a University of Hawaii science laboratory that seriously injured a researcher was likely caused by a digital pressure gauge that shouldn’t have been used around flammable gases, the Honolulu Fire Department said Monday. Read more

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