Source: Steve Galitzer, 785-532-5856,

News release prepared by: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, 785-532-1543,

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011

Public safety team cleaning up small waste bottle explosion in Throckmorton Hall laboratory

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's public safety team cleaned up after a small explosion of waste bottles in an agronomy laboratory early this morning. No one was in the laboratory at the time, and no one was injured.

Steve Galitzer, the university's director for public safety, said a custodian in Throckmorton Hall heard noise in a laboratory around 6 a.m. The university's public safety team was called in and found that a waste bottle overpressurized, causing other bottles nearby to rupture.

Galitzer said the team has cleaned up the lab and turned it back over to the researcher.