Monday, March 1, 2021

Odd fire at the West Virginia state crime lab

Odd news: 

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A person sustained injuries Wednesday morning at the West Virginia State Police detachment in South Charleston after an explosion.

According to state police, at approximately 10:30 a.m. a single section of the West Virginia State Police Forensic Laboratory experienced a chemical reaction resulting in a small fire.

Hazmat crews were called to investigate.

The fire was suppressed and contained by employees and South Charleston Fire Department.

What kind of chemical reactions are taking place on sufficiently large scale at a forensic lab? 


  1. Maybe a chemical reaction due to incompatible mixed waste?

    1. Nitric acid and organic waste, the old favourite?

  2. Could be synthesis to ID a compound if no standard is commercially available.


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