Clemson off-campus apartment complex among evacuations due to hazmat situation in Seneca

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SENECA, S.C. (WSPA) – Homes in the area of Edinburgh Way in Seneca were evacuated due to a hazmat situation.

Oconee County Emergency Management tells 7NEWS that evacuations included The Pier, an off-campus housing apartment complex for Clemson students.

The evacuations were prompted due to a strong chemical smell in a home. Officials say a Clemson University student majoring in Chemistry was mixing chemicals.

The student drove themself to campus to seek help and was then taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Officials say people who live near the house with chemicals found in it should be back safely Thursday night. The actual house with chemicals found will be shut down until further notice.

Scott Krein with Oconee County Emergency Services says, “As always we want to let the public know we’re trying to make sure they’re safe. Bare with us as we keep things closed a little while longer.”

Clemson University released the following statement:
“Clemson University officials were informed on Thursday morning of a hazardous materials situation at an off-campus housing location involving a Clemson student. CUPD and CUFD are assisting Oconee County officials at the scene.”

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