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Chemical Bombs Go Off At MSU Sorority

Chemical Bombs Go Off At MSU Sorority

By Chase Snider. CREATED Aug 21, 2013

UPDATE: The Springfield Fire Department released an update via their online sites Wednesday night correcting some previous statements they made regarding the incident at a Springfield sorority. 

"The Fire Department would like to clarify and update the incorrect information in a recent news release on the investigation into the two chemical overpressure devices that were found to have exploded at the rear entrance of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority House at 1141 East Elm.

A person found the remains of two plastic containers at the rear entrance and called 911. The Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials team responded, but upon arrival determined that it was not a hazardous materials incident and requested a Fire Marshal to investigate.

The Fire Marshal found what appeared to be two plastic containers that ruptured from over pressurization. One person sustained chemical burns to an arm having come into contact with the substance while attempting to clean up the bottles prior to the Fire Department’s arrival.

The individual was treated at the scene for minor injuries and declined transport. While there was minor damage to the exterior, no structural damage occurred to the building. It is unknown when the containers ruptured, but was most likely at least several hours before being noticed.

The Fire Department will continue to investigate. While these devices were not incendiary in nature and did not contain explosive material, they do pose a danger to individuals.

The Fire Department did not intend to raise undue concern over this incident; however, it does want individuals considering using such a device thinking it is a harmless prank to know that it is considered a Class C Felony."


Springfield Fire Marshals say in a press release that they are investigating an explosion at the Gamma Phi Beta houses (1141 E. Elm) on the campus of Missouri State University.

Two Improvised Explosive Devices (chemical bombs) detonated at the rear entrance of the building causing minor damage to the house.

One Injury During Clean Up, No Suspects Yet

Officials say that one employee from Delta Zeta suffered "minor" wounds to her arm when trying to clean up the debris.

Evidence collected has been sent to the Missouri Crime Lab.

There are no suspects at this time. If you have any information, contact Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

Chase Snider

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