Seven including Two Scientists injured following a Blast at Forensic Lab

Bengaluru: Seven persons including two scientists of Forensic Science Laboratory in Madiwala sustained injuries on Friday afternoon when a chemical they were testing exploded. 

It’s learnt that all seven patients are out of danger, and their condition is stable. Hospital sources said the hearing of three of the injured may be affected as their eardrums were injured.

The accidental explosion took place in the lab at around 2.45 pm when Scientific Officer Sridhar was testing a sample of an explosive substance suspected to be Tri Acetone TriPeroxide (TATP). “The fingers of Sridhar’s left hand have been severely damaged,” The Hindu reported.

All the victims of the accidental explosion are being treated at St. John’s Hospital.

The explosive material, which was being tested at the chemistry lab, had taken the life of a person in a similar accident in Raichur last year. A waste picker Anantamma (32) had died on the spot when she was picking up a can containing this chemical exploded. The explosion had injured her husband and the son.

FSL, Madiwala was conducting a test on the sample to give its final report on Friday when the explosion occurred.

Police commissioner Bhaskar Rao said the chemicals had reached the FSL last year from Raichur and scientists were testing over the last five days. “The chemical weighed 25 grams. Srinath and others had almost completed the tests. Testing equipment including test tubes and glass items in the chemistry lab, have been destroyed. The stone platform, on which materials were placed, has broken,” The Times Of India reported, quoting the Commissioner.

As a precautionary measure, two fire tenders from Madiwala station were pressed into service.