University suspends student involved in hazardous chemical scare

University of Saskatchewan suspends Mohamadmahdi Kowsari, the student involved in a potential chemical hazard scare on Wednesday. Supplied / University of Saskatchewan

SASKATOON – A student at the centre of a potential hazardous chemical scare at the University of Saskatchewan on Wednesday has been suspended.

Mohamadmahdi Kowsari was arrested by police Wednesday evening after a search of his residence turned up stolen chemicals from the university.

Earlier in the day, emergency crews responded to the Engineering Building after receiving reports of a potentially hazardous concoction at a basement lab.

Investigators undertook a precautionary sweep to check air quality and multiple tests revealed no imminent danger.

The president of the university said she made the move to suspend Kowsari out of safety concerns.

He has also been banned from the campus.

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Kowsari has been charged with theft and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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