BERKELEY, Calif. — An explosion tore through a building on the UC Berkeley campus Monday evening, injuring some people and forcing a campuswide evacuation, officials said.
The explosion took place at California Hall about 6:30 p.m. and resulted in four victims with minor injuries, a university spokesman said. He said one person was taken to a hospital.
The entire campus was evacuated. The explosion followed a power outage that was reported about 4:30 p.m.
About 20 people were stuck in elevators due to the power outage, officials said.
UC spokesman Dan Mogoluf told the Daily Californian the explosion appears to be related to vandals attempting to steal copper wiring.
The school sent out a campus-wide alert through its WarnMe system cancelling classes for the rest of the day.
That was followed by a more urgent alert on twitter at 7 p.m. stating, “UC alert declares campus emergency, asks all students to evacuate and return to their residences.”