Several University of Bristol buildings have been evacuated, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that the emergency was sparked after a student produced TATP, an explosive used by terrorists, by mistake.
The incident, which appears to have occurred in the Chemistry Building, has led to the evacuation of much of the University Way area. Five fire engines are believed to be on the scene, as well as several ambulances and an environmental response unit. A safety cordon has been extended down as far as Whiteladies Road.
Multiple sources have told Epigram that the leak involves the tricatone triperoxide, a highly explosive chemical more commonly known as TATP. TATP is thought to have been the explosive used in the Paris attacks of 2015. Reports suggest that a third year PhD student accidentally made 90g of the chemical as a by-product...It's my understanding that the 90 gram number is theoretical, that this was a pre-planned experiment, and that the powers that be were aware of it beforehand; it will be very interesting to see if there is a writeup of the incident that is broadly disseminated to confirm or deny this RUMINT.