Blast damages building
mysterious Sunday afternoon explosion caused an estimated $250,000
damage to the Virginia Transportation Research Council building
on Observatory Hill. There were no injuries, but the building
was closed Monday and Tuesday as the cleanup and investigation
continued, fire and safety officials reported.
explosion apparently originated from a storage area adjacent to
a lab used to test concrete. The blast triggered an alarm that
alerted emergency authorities. Criminal wrongdoing was not suspected,
University Police officials said.
owns the building and leases it to the council.