U.C. Berkeley Explosion, Blackout Caused by Copper Theft

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A blackout and explosion on the U.C. Berkeley campus that injured several people and caused a campus-wide evacuation on Monday was apparently caused by the theft or attempted theft of some copper grounding wire, a campus spokesman told The Daily Californian. At least one person had to be taken to the hospital, and a few others were treated at the scene, the campus newspaper reports. Copper wire theft: Not just an LIRR problem.