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Explosion at Univ. of Cal-Berkeley

A student at UC Berkeley sits on top of Sather Gate as he participates in a demonstration during a national day of action against funding cuts and tuition increases March 4, 2010 in Berkeley, California.

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There was an explosion on the University of California-Berkeley campus on Monday evening, according to the student newspaper, the Daily Californian.

Here are some of the emerging details from the Daily Californian:

An explosion on campus around California Hall has injured an unconfirmed number of people, prompting officials to declare a state of emergency and order an evacuation of the campus around 6:40 p.m. Monday evening.

Berkeley Fire Department Chief Gilbert Dong said that he thought an underground electrical vault exploded at about 6:40 p.m. Emergency responders included four ambulances, fire trucks and multiple police units.

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The explosion follows a campuswide power outage earlier Monday evening, which forced the evacuation of several campus buildings and left some people stuck in elevators.

Here’s a (somewhat grainy) video of the scene:

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