Bengaluru: Scientist killed, 3 injured in explosion at Indian Institute of Science laboratory

Bengaluru: A suspected cylinder blast killed a 32-year old scientist and injured three others during an experiment in the aero-dynamics laboratory of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) here Wednesday, police said.

Four technicians of a private start-up company were involved in an experiment at the laboratory when an explosion occurred suddenly at around 2.20 pm, said the police.

“One engineer was thrown 20 feet and died instantly. The other three were admitted to hospital. It is the first time that something like this has happened in IISc,” the security in charge at IISc told NDTV.

Technician Manoj from Mysuru died on the spot while three others suffered severe wounds, and were rushed to a nearby hospital. Though the nature of explosion and its cause were yet to be established, it was suspected that the incident occurred due to a blast in a cylinder containing Hydrogen gas, police said.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Niranjan Raj Urs told PTI that the start-up company Superwave Technologies Private Limited was having a tie-up with the IISc for carrying out experiments pertaining to its research.

“Forensic experts would ascertain the actual cause of the accident but it seems like a cylinder blast,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)