Unidentifiable chemical causes concern at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Students at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on the South Side reported a potential acid spill on Tuesday, May 9, 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

At around 1:30 p.m., a Level Two Hazmat response was called to the scene, as students believed a spill occurred in the basement of 3110 South State Street, the news source reports. The building was evacuated shortly after.

However, upon arrival, a spokesman for the school said there was no spill. The building was secured around 3:40 p.m.

According to Jeanne Hartig, vice president of communications at IIT, students were conducting regular inventory checks in the building when they found an unfamiliar substance and called officials in to handle the situation, reports the source.

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