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Yesterday’s Loud Explosion Came from at UMD’s Energy Plant building

Many residents reported a very loud boom shortly before 2 am yesterday early morning. A resident captured the boom at her home’s camera system.

According to our contact at the UMD, there was an unintended pressure release that caused both a flash and loud boom on Sunday, August 18, shortly before 2 a.m. While information is still being gathered, the cause initially appears to be an over pressurization contained within the equipment located in the university’s Energy Plant building.

Thankfully, no one was injured, and there was no utility loss to campus. Facilities Management is continuing to evaluate the incident in partnership with the power plant operator. There was no damage to the building.

Earlier, I checked with the Police about this mysterious noise. Police checked several places, but couldn’t found anything related to it. Our City staff also couldn’t find a call from residents at City’s hotline number.

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