Gas explosion occurs at University-leased building in Leander

Bobby Blanchard

A gas explosion at a University-leased building in Leander this morning resulted in one injury caused by flying debris, said University spokeswoman Cindy Posey.

Posey said the explosion occurred after a piece of equipment malfunctioned, causing the roof to be lifted off of the building. Flying debris struck a car passing by on Bagdad Road at 10:13 a.m., and the driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

She said the University of Texas Institute for Advanced Technology conducts research on high-velocity projectile impacts at the building.

“There were four or five research members at the facility,” Posey said. “They were all practicing safe measures and thankfully none of them were hurt.”

Posey said Leander Police Department closed Bagdad Road and evacuated nearby businesses. Since then, the road and nearby evacuated businesses have been reopened.