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Small acid spill at USC; woman treated for minor irritation [Updated]

April 27, 2011 |  7:37 am

Students are kept outside the Charles Lee Powell Foundation Photonics Instructional Laboratory after an early morning Hazmat incident.

A woman was treated for minor respiratory irritation Wednesday morning after a small acid spill on the USC campus.

No formal evacuation was required, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

"It was tiny," he said. "Possibly as little as milliliters."

What caused the spill, and what sort of acid was involved remained under investigation.

The woman found at the scene at 3651 South Watt Way was expected to be taken to a hospital, officials said.

[Updated at 8:18 a.m.: The 28-year-old student was taken to the hospital, where she was listed in good condition after possibly being exposed to mixed acids in a chemistry lab, Humphrey said.]

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Photo: Students are kept outside the Charles Lee Powell Foundation Photonics Instructional Laboratory after a small acid spill Wednesday. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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