Chemists move wall with hydrogen peroxide explosion

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SIR: We would like to alert persons to possible hazards involved with the rather common laboratory procedure of dissolving electrophoresis polyacrylamide gels with hydrogen peroxide, in order to measure radioactive species by scintillation counting.
Recently a very violent explosion occurred in one of our laboratories which caused complete destruction of a hood and moved a cinder-block wall located 30 feet from the blast. Kick-out panels and glass were blown out of the laboratory and chemicals on shelves in the adjacent laboratory were knocked to the floor. Fortunately the blast occurred when the labs were vacant, or otherwise severe injury or loss of life would certainly have occurred to personnel.

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