A postdoctoral researcher was killed in a laboratory blast which rocked a chemistry building at Beijing’s Tsinghua University on Friday morning.
Pictures taken by witnesses showed heavy fumes escaping from the windows of the second floor of the He Tian building. According to Beijing News, teachers and students were immediately evacuated after the blast. The fire was later put out by firefighters.
The incident occurred at around 10 a.m. and is believed to have happened in a location that contained chemicals. 32-year-old Meng Xiangjian, who joined the university last year, has been named as the sole victim of the explosion.
According to a Tsinghua University student, an organic catalysis experiment was being held in the in the laboratory prior to the explosion.
Tsinghua University is currently one of China’s top educational institutions, known for its excellence in academics and scientific research.
[Images via Beijing News]