UC Berkeley explosion rocked the campus, hospitalizing one person and injuring three other people. The explosion followed a power outage on Monday. According to UPI.com on Oct. 1, the explosion prompted the evacuation of the UC Berkeley campus.
This huge blast and fire happened about 6:30 p.m. near Sather Tower, which is north of California Hall. This loud explosion, which shot up flames in to the air two stories high, happened about two hours after a power failure in the power system at the college.
Authorities now believed it was the theft of copper wires, that were used for grounding the power system, caused the explosion. UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said that the “blast and fire” were probably caused by the theft of the copper wire for an off-campus electrical station.
The blast, which went two-stories high and two roadway-lanes wide, was most likely the result of the theft of these wires, which were used for grounding the system. The theft was discovered last week and was repaired. This explosion happened just as the engineers were attempting to put the power back on.
Copper goes for about $8 a pound, so it is a prime target for thefts. This surprised the experts, as someone stole key parts to this system causing this explosion. Berkeley campus remained in the dark through Monday, with the power starting to go on in sections on Tuesday.