Skip to comments.Passing driver hurt in Austin-area lab explosion
Posted on 06/13/2012 7:15:29 AM PDT by kevcol
LEANDER, Texas (AP) -- Officials say a driver has been hurt by flying debris from an explosion at an Austin-area lab associated with the University of Texas.
UT spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon says Tuesday's accident involved equipment failure in a metal building in Leander, leading to an explosive release of gas. The lab, run by the UT Institute for Advanced Technology, does research on high-velocity projectiles.
James Swartz was driving his truck and was about 50 feet from the site when the structure exploded. Swartz was treated for minor injuries and released from a hospital.
Officials say five workers running an experiment were not injured.
UT environmental and safety experts will help investigate the accident in Leander, about 20 miles northwest of Austin.
Sounds like they need some concrete blast deflector walls placed around the building (or better yet, to move to some remote area in West Texas).
That is very close to where Valerie lives, but she hasn’t posted in over a year.
They got a live demonstration of that. Perhaps not as high of a velocity as they normally research, though.
At first, I thought the headline was referring to a place where people were manufacturing illegal drugs.
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As the crow flies, not far from us either.
I had no idea this UT owned facility that tested high velocity projectiles was in the neighborhood, so to speak.
It's about 15 miles by road from us. I guess you never know what is inside those buildings.
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