Dangerous chemicals easily accessible on college campuses

It's a Friday afternoon on the Jupiter campus of Florida Atlantic University.

5 pm has come and gone.

But where the Contact 5 investigators are still able to go is exactly why the federal government started requiring schools and companies that store chemicals to submit a list of anything that could pose danger.

"The main concern is terrorism. It really doesn't take a lot in way of chemicals to do damage," explained Dan McBride, former Department of Homeland Bureau Chief with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's office and federal agent.

Today, McBride works with the State Department, teaching counterterrorism tactics to law enforcement officers in third world countries.

We consulted with McBride after we received a tip from Dr. Eugene Smith, an organic chemistry professor at FAU.  Smith is concerned about, what he describes, is a lack of adequate safety and security measures inside chemistry labs on the Jupiter campus where he teaches.

Contact 5 Investigators: "On a scale of 1-5 how dangerous are the chemicals that are kept in the lab?"

Dr. Smith: "I would say the vast majority are one and two but there are chemicals that I think are classified as 5."

Contact 5 Investigators: "On a scale of 1-5 how lax is security at the lab where you work?

Dr. Smith:  "I would have to say a 4 or a 5."

In a special Contact 5 undercover investigation see what happens when we test security inside campus chemistry labs.

Tonight at 11 only on NewsChannel 5.

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