Explosion Causes Partial Collapse Of Dorm At University Of Nevada

 Friday, July 5, 2019

 US News & World Report

A utilities explosion Friday at the University of Nevada, Reno caused the partial collapse of a dormitory building and at least minor injuries, authorities said.

Photos posted to social media showed extensive damage spanning multiple floors of the dormitory. Windows were blown out and debris appeared to have fallen on the street below.

Student Raven Green told The Associated Press she was in her room at Argenta Hall watching Netflix when she heard a loud boom and felt the building shake.

She thought it was an earthquake. When she opened her door, she could hardly see in the hallway that was full of smoke and debris, with water spraying everywhere.

"It was very scary," she said.

Police and firefighters were working to evacuate students who were still in Argenta Hall and determine if the building was structurally sound, city spokesman Jon Humbert said.