A person was being evaluated for injuries after an explosion Thursday, Jan. 26, inside a science building on the USC campus, fire officials said.
The explosion occurred around 4 p.m. in a science building near Bloom Walk and Watt Way on campus. One person, whose age and sex were not immediately available, may have sustained injuries, officials with the Los Angeles Fire Department said. It was not immediately clear what the person’s affiliation with the campus is.
The Daily Trojan reported that a gas leak caused the explosion at the Neely Petroleum Building.
BREAKING: An explosion at Neely Petroleum Building Thursday afternoon was caused by a gas leak, the University confirmed. Emergency responders are at the scene and are evacuating the building.
— Daily Trojan (@dailytrojan) January 27, 2023
USC said in a tweet shortly after 4 p.m. also confirmed there was a gas leak at the building.
A gas leak has occurred at the Neely Petroleum Building on the southwest part of UPC. Fire department is on scene. Please stay away from the area.
— USC (@USC) January 27, 2023
The building was being evacuated as of 4: 18 p.m., according to the latest alert from LAFD, which said the Hazardous Materials task force will conduct an investigation.
There was no active fire hazard, the alert added.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.