First look at UH Manoa laboratory post-explosion

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We’re getting our first look at the outside of a laboratory after an explosion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

It happened just before 6 p.m. Wednesday. School officials say a 29-year-old visiting researcher was conducting a routine experiment in the Pacific Ocean Sciences and Technology (POST) building at the time.

After a thorough inspection, a structural engineer deemed the building safe, and students, faculty, and staff were allowed back inside Friday.

“We were worried but when we found out what happened,” said student Richie Chio. “We’re just kind of glad that everybody is okay and they took the precaution for everyone to be safe… I’d rather they cancel class and make sure that it’s safe than just have us go in.”

The laboratory itself remains off-limits. The impact of the blast left large cracks in the walls.

The exact cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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