Due to a gas main leak on the main Missouri University of Science and Technology campus, university officials enacted the campus emergency mass notification system to evacuate faculty, staff and students today (Wednesday, Feb. 26).
At 10:12 a.m., a mass notification message warned people in the north side of campus to evacuate after a gas line break was detected in Straunamis-James Hall (Materials Research Center). The following buildings on the north side of campus were evacuated and occupants advised to meet in the Havener Center: ERL (Engineering Research Lab), Straumanis-James Hall, the Engineering Management Building, McNutt Hall, the Computer Science Building, the Humanities-Social Sciences Building and Wilson Library.
At 10:37 a.m., a second gas leak was suspected near Fulton Hall and the entire main campus was evacuated to the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building. It was later determined that there was no second gas leak. Residual odor from the Straumanis-James Hall gas leak had traveled to the Fulton Hall area.
At 11:50 a.m., campus officials notified faculty, staff and students that it was safe to return to campus. Straumanis-James Hall remained closed.
At 12:10 p.m., officials gave the all clear to return to Straumanis-James Hall.
Update: Internet service was restored at 1:19 p.m.
For more information, call Mary Helen Stoltz, manager of public relations at Missouri S&T, at 573-201-4093, or Mindy Limback, assistant director of communications, at 573-308-7218.