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Small explosion at NIST under investigation

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A small explosion Sunday at the NIST's Gaithersburg campus is being investigated as a possible chemical explosion due to drug manufacturing, Montgomery County police say.

According to police, the explosion happened at around 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the NIST's Bureau Drive campus.

A spokesperson for MCPD said the explosion was caused by a lab process that happens on a routine basis. An error occurred, which caused a small explosion that triggered heat sensors in the building.

While investigating the explosion, Montgomery County police recovered Controlled Dangerous Substances used in the manufacture of drugs. Police did not specifically say which substances were found.

A member of the NIST security force suffered non-life threatening injuries in the explosion. They were taken to a local trauma center for treatment and later released.

Police could not confirm any criminal activity and no charges have been filed at this time.


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