- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Three people were injured in a chemical explosion at a research lab on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, according to authorities.

Tempe Fire Department officials said Tuesday morning’s explosion was caused by chlorine dioxide, which resulted in a workbox becoming overpressurized.

Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM reported that a third-party contractor was conducting a routine cleaning of the Biodesign Institute lab at the time.

Authorities said three people were treated at the scene for skin lacerations.

Two of those people - a 50-year-old man and a 27-year-old man - were taken to a hospital with serious injuries that were not life-threatening.

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