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University officials said a hazmat incident caused evacuations on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus after an incident in a science lab.

Officials said the incident happened at around 4 p.m. when a person cleaning lab equipment accidentally mixed two chemical substances, which caused the container to break. This created an odor in that fourth-floor lab and nearby.


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As a result, everyone in the Gant buildings was evacuated. This includes the West, North and South buildings, school officials said in an alert to students and staff.

The building was fully evacuated as a precaution, a university spokesperson said.


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Officials say the incident was confined to one area. A spokesperson for UConn said the incident was minor and one person was evaluated.

No injuries were reported and the building did not sustain damage.

University officials stated that the Gant building hazmat situation is now stabilized and under control.

Public safety personnel and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection helped at the scene and people were asked to avoid the area, according to officials. The Gant Science Complex reopened at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth floor reopened a short time later after officials cleaned and cleared the lab.

The lab involved in the incident will remain closed throughout the weekend, according to the university.


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After a playful feud that has gone on for months, the sewage plant in Danbury is now named after comedian John Oliver and the host of “Last Week Tonight” made the trip from New York City to Danbury for the renaming.

“There is a reason that this sewer plant means so much to me and that’s that it represents everything that we need the most right now,” Oliver said in a segment of his HBO show, which aired Sunday. “Because, think about it, this place takes the worst that humanity can produce and transforms it into something that we can all live with and now, more than ever, there is something inspirational in that.”

The story that became the talk of the town in Connecticut’s “Hat City” started over the summer, in August, when Oliver started insulting the city for some unknown reason.

“If you’re going to forget a town in Connecticut, why not forget Danbury?” Oliver said.

He then listed a series of positive aspects of Danbury, including its “charming railway museum,” Hearthstone Castle, and he even pointed out that in 2015 “USA Today” ranked Danbury the No. 2 U.S. city to live in.

Oliver finished his rant with some colorful language and a challenge.

“If you’re from there, you have a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver — children included,” he said.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton responded in a way residents started to get behind — announcing a plan to name the city’s sewage treatment facility the “John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant.”

“Because it’s full of c**p, just like you, John,” Boughton said in a Facebook post.

But, then the mayor said it was just a joke.

Oliver upped the stakes in a tongue-in-cheek spat. He offered to donate $55,000 to charity if officials followed through on a joke to name the sewage treatment plant after him.

The city accepted the challenge, with one condition – Oliver needed to go to Danbury for the ribbon cutting.

The vote went before the city council and passed – 18 to 1 – to name the waste processing plant after Oliver.

The meeting was held over Zoom and Oliver admitted that he tuned in to watch to see what would happen. Then, on Oct. 10, he came to Danbury.

The donation is expected to benefit Donors Choose, CT Food Bank and Connecticut ALS.

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The husband of Jessica Edwards, a South Windsor mom who was found dead in East Hartford after she was reported missing back in May, is scheduled to appear in court today in connection to her death.

Edwards was reported missing on May 10, 2021.

30-year-old Jessica Edwards, the mother of a 7-month-old baby boy, has been missing for days.

Edwards, a mom to a 7-month-old baby, had been missing for over a week before she was found in a wooded area at the end of Driver Road.


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A vigil will be held for South Windsor mother Jessica Edwards, whose body was found Friday in a wooded area in East Hartford.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled Edwards’ death a homicide and said she died of asphyxiation due to compression of the torso and neck.

Edwards’ husband, 22-year-old Tahj Hutchinson, was arrested and faces first-degree manslaughter charges in connection with her death.

Hutchinson initially told police he didn’t know what happened to Edwards, but later admitted he and his wife got into a fight in their condo. He went on to tell officers that at some point, he realized she was no longer breathing, according to the arrest affidavit.

Court documents said Hutchinson backed his Jeep up to the front of their South Windsor condo, put Edwards’ body into the back of the SUV, and drove to a “random GPS” location to put the body while on his way to the East Hartford Police Department.

Hutchinson last appeared in court on May 24 where his bond was set at $1.5 million.

The husband of missing South Windsor mother Jessica Edwards was arrested in connection with her death and will appear in court today.

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Cities across Connecticut are gearing up for the 2015 Fourth of July Celebrations. Dates and times may change due to inclement weather.

Bridgeport
Date: July 4
Time: After the baseball game
Location: Bluefish Stadium

Bristol
Date: July 3
Time: After the Bristol Blues game
Location: Muzzy Field

Date: July 4
Location: Lake Compounce

Canaan
Date: July 18
Time: Dusk
Location: Lawrence Field

Danbury
Date: TBD

Darien
Date: July 3
Location: Darien High School

Derby
Date: July 2
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Downtown Derby and Downtown Shelton

East Haven
Independence Day Fireworks-Beach Party
Dates: June 29
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Cosey Beach Avenue

Enfield
Independence Day celebrations
Dates: July 10, 11, 12 
Time: 9:45 p.m. on Sunday
Location: Town Green

Fairfield
Firework Display
Date: July 3 (Rain Date: July 4)
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Penfield or Jennings Beaches

Greenwich
Date: July 3
Time: 9:10 p.m. 
Location:  Binney Park 

Greenwich
Date: July 3
Time: 9:35 p.m. 
Location: Greenwich Point Park

Groton
Annual Fourth of July Parade
Date: July 4
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Poquonnock Plains to Groton Shopping Plaza

Guilford
Community Picnic and Fireworks
Date: July 11
Time: Dusk
Location: Guilford Fairgrounds

Hartford/East Hartford
Firework Display
Date: July 11
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in Hartford, Great River Park in East Hartford

East Haven
Beach Party/Fireworks
Date: June 29
Time: Vendors at 4 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
Location: Cosey Beach

Griswold
Date: Aug. 15
Time:
Location: Ashland Pond

Guilford
Date: July 11
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: Guilford Fairgrounds

Killingly
Date: July 3
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Owen Bell Park in Dayville

Madison
Date: July 3
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Madison Surf Club

Manchester
Date: July 3
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Manchester Community College

Meriden
Date: July 2
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Hubbard Park

Middlebury
Date: July 4
Time: 10 p.m.
Location: Quassy Amusement Park

Middletown
Date: July 3 (Rain date: July 5)
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Connecticut River/Harbor Drive Area

Naugatuck
Fireworks Display and Celebration
Date: July 2
Time: 6 p.m. (celebration), 9:15 p.m. (fireworks)
Location: Old Firehouse Road

New Britain
Date: July 4
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Stanley Quarter Park

New Britain
Date: July 5
Time: After the Rock Cats Game
Location: Rock Cats Stadium

New Canaan
Date: July 4
Location: Waveny Park 

New Haven
Date: July 4
Rain Date: July 5
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Wilbur Cross High School Field

New London
Sailfest
Date: July 11
Location: 24 Eugene O’Neill Drive

New London
Ocean Beach Park 75th Birthday
Date: July 24
Time: Event starts at 7:30 o,n,
Location: Ocean Beach Park

New Milford
Fireworks Display
Date: July 3
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Still Meadow on Fort Hill Road

Newington
Independence Day extravaganza
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: Dusk
Location: Mill Pond Park

Norwalk
Fireworks Display
Date: July 3
Time: Dusk
Location: Calf Pasture Beach

Norwich
Norwich Harbor Fireworks
Date: July 2
Time: Dusk
Location: Howard T. Brown Memorial Park

Norwich
Norwich Harbor Fireworks
Date: July 2
Time: Dusk

Location: Howard T. Brown Memorial Park

Orange
Date: July 5
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Orange Fairgrounds, 525 Orange Center Road

Putnam
Date: July 11
Time: Sundown
Location: Rotary Park on Kennedy Drive

Rowayton
Date: July 4
Time: 9:15 p.m.
Location: Bayley Beach

Simsbury
Celebrate America
Date: July 3 (Rain date: July 4)
Time: After the 7:30 p.m. concert, around 9:30 p.m.
Location: Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows

Stafford Springs
Fireworks display
Date: July 3
Time: End of show
Location: Stafford Motor Speedway

 

Stratford
Fireworks display, concert
Date: July 2 (Rain date: July 6)
Time: Concert at 7 p.m. Firework after sunset
Location: Short Beach Park

Unionville
Tunxis Hose Carnival
Date: July 10
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Unionville School

Vernon
July in the Sky
Date: July 2 (Other rain date: July 3)
Time: 9:40 p.m.; gates open at 6 p.m.
Location: Henry Park

Wallingford
Date: July 11
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Sheehan High School

Washington
Date: July 4
Time: After sunset
Location: Shepaug Valley School

Waterbury
Date: Postponed to Sunday, July 5
Time: 9:20 p.m.
Location: Holy Land USA

West Haven
Savin Rock Fireworks
Date: July 3
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Bradley Point

Weston
Date: July 4
Time: 9:20 p.m.
Location: Weston Middle School

Westport
Firework display
Date: July 3 (Rain date: July 6)
Time: 9 p.m.
Location: Compo Beach

Wilton
Fireworks display
Date: July 4
Time: 9:30 p.m. 
Location: Wilton High School Football Field/track

Windsor Locks
Fireworks display
Date: July 10
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Location: Veteran’s Memorial Park

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