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University of Nevada, Reno possible explosion: Dorm damaged



Authorities have not described what happened, as a "major utility incident."

But student Mitchell Lee told CNN affiliate KRNV said he was blasting his apartment building.

"I felt this massive explosion." Lee, who lives in an apartment across the street from the residence's halls, said

There were no immediate reports of fatalities, only minor injuries, according to Jon Humbert, spokesman for the city of Reno. Police and university officials were warning people to stay away from the area.

Colin Kosak, who lives in an apartment near the university, told CNN affiliate KOLO the noise from the incident sounded like a car accident "

" It just a pretty big impact … It just shook the whole apartment, "Kosak said.

Cossack said he was walking in the street and watching some people in the hallway.

"A quarter of the dorm was gone," he said.

Video recorded by KRNV showed the dorm, Argenta Hall. with significant damage to one wall.

Harrison Wier, an intern at the university's athletic department, is on the second floor of the dorm. He said people had no idea what was going on when they heard the fire alarms.

"We just started walking out of the building, I just saw some staff members walked out with their hands up, we had no idea what was going on at first but five minutes after what was glass shattered everywhere," Wier said.

According to Wier, the building houses many student athletes are as well as some international students.

"There is about 1

00 in the building today, but I do not know if anyone is left in the building," Weir said.

Campus police tweeted the area around Argenta and Nye were closed. "Police and fire working in this area," the tweet said. Campus police

Argenta Hall can house up to 750 people.

CNN's Chris Boyette, Jamiel Lynch, Andrea Diaz, and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report


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