Lab Incident: UH Manoa Lab Explosion

On Monday, April 18, 2016, the Honolulu Fire Department released the investigation report on the cause and origin of a laboratory explosion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The explosion occurred on March 16 in a Hawaii Natural Energy Institute biofuels research laboratory in the Pacific Ocean Science and Technology (POST) building.

A visiting researcher was injured, and the report confirms she lost an arm in the explosion.

According to the fire investigator, the explosion occurred in a portable gas cylinder. HFD also said the equipment that contributed to the blast should not have been there in the first place.

To read HFD’s full report and watch the video, please visit:

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