At around 10 A.M. this morning students at the University of Oregon reported small explosions and smoke coming from underground tunnels under the school. It is thought to be a malfunctioning of the school utilities. No one was injured but the incident did provide something to talk about for the first day of classes.
Noah Valentine didn’t hear any of the explosions but was greeted by an unusual scene when he looked out the window.
“I live in Hamilton and had no power this morning, saw smoke and the area was blocked off,” said Valentine.
He also found that power to his room in Hamilton had been lost.
Hattie Chandler was off campus and was alerted of the situation through the University’s text notification system.
“I didn’t really think much of it”, said Chandler. “We get notifications all the time and this one didn’t feel much different.”
Word around campus is that power has remained off much of the day. Food services was seen removing food from the building to be placed in trucks equipped with cooling units. Dorms were given flashlights and told generators would be working later that night. There is still little consensus on when the problem will be fixed.