Boiler Explosion at UNR Leaves Eight Injured

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RENO, NEVADA — Multiple news outlets have reported on two explosions at the University of Nevada, Reno, which occured on July 5th.

According to accounts on the web site of the Reno Gazette Journal, one of the boilers in Argenta Hall exploded. A severed gas line then filled an elevator before exploding as well. This left both Argenta and Nyes Halls—both residence halls—uninhabitable, and the university scrambling to find beds for more than 1,300 students due to arrive in late August.

Eight persons, six of them students, were reported injured in the explosions, none seriously.

Brennan Paterson, Nevada Department of Business and Industry’s Industrial Relations Chief Administrative Officer, was quoted in the Gazette as saying that he cannot think of a similar occurance ever happening in the state. “Boilers are boring because they are safe,” Paterson said.

Full coverage on the explosion can be found here:

The Reno Gazette Journal

The University of Nevada Web Site

Nevada Today