Rutgers-Newark, NJIT Move Classes And Close Buildings As Power Outage Widens

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Rutgers-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology are moving classes and evacuating buildings due to a widening power outage that is expected to last most of the day, campus officials said.

At least eight buildings on the two campuses lost power in the hours after an underground explosion this morning in downtown Newark. No one was hurt in the 9:50 a.m. explosion, but PSE&G officials said the accident caused isolated power outages. Some buildings lost power hours after the explosion.

"Several underground circuits failed in Newark causing localized power outages in the vicinity of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Warren Street," PSE&G said in a statement. "Customers affected include NJIT, Rutgers-Newark, the Newark Housing Authority and Penn Station Terminal. The issue has not affected residential customers nor service to NJ Transit trains, subway, light rail, or PATH."

Crews are making repairs, but PSE&G officials declined to estimate when power will be restored.

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