EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon is bringing in generators to return power to darkened dormitories after a series of explosions rocked an underground tunnel.
Nobody was hurt in the Monday morning blasts, but about 3,000 students were left without heat or lights. Officials say it could take days to permanently fix the problem but generators should provide enough power to return to normal operations.
University officials say electrical equipment overheated, causing circuits to ignite and melt.
Campus police spokesman Kelly McIver says there were about five explosions around 10 a.m., followed by a series of blasts for about half an hour.
Videos showed puffs of smoke coming from manhole covers, and the scent of burning rubber lingered hours later.
Students say they're using flashlights to get around dark dormitories.