Thursday, 4:30 PM
'Small' explosion at Cambridge biomedical lab injures one
By Sarah Kneezle, Globe correspondent
A chemical explosion this afternoon at a Cambridge biomedical research firm on Massachusetts Avenue sent one person to the hospital with minor injuries, according to fire and company officials
The "small" explosion at the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research during a "routine" procedure broke a beaker and cut a lab employee, said Jeffrey Lockwood, a company spokesman.
"He walked out of hospital under his own power," Lockwood said.
The Cambridge Fire Department closed the building at 250 Massachusetts Avenue after the noon explosion, according to a fire official.
There was no other damage except the broken beaker, and the building reopened a short time later, Lockwood said.