August 13, 2020
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Gas leak springs from Campus Town

Students and faculty wait outside the Brower Student Center for more updates on the gas leak. (Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor)
Students and faculty wait outside the Brower Student Center for more updates on the gas leak. (Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor)

UPDATE: As of approximately 1:30 p.m., PSE&G gave the all clear and all buildings and parking lots were re-opened. All classes resumed at 2 p.m.

A gas leak reported at the Campus Town construction site has caused the evacuation of several buildings across campus. According to David Muha, vice president of Communications, Marketing and Brand Management, the evacuation area includes all properties and buildings adjacent to the Campus Town site.

A TCNJ text alert sent at 11:30 a.m. informed the campus community of the gas leak and called for the immediate evacuation of the Hausdoerffer and Phelps dorms, Loser Hall, the Business and Bliss Buildings, off-campus housing along Pennington Road, the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building, the Music Building and Armstrong Hall.

Additionally, all classes in the above mentioned buildings have been canceled until further notice.

“We were in the middle of a presentation in Loser when the fire alarms went off,” junior nursing major Aila Salazar said. Students were instructed to evacuate the building.

“Five minutes later we got the text saying to move to the Stud,” junior nursing major Janine Isaga said.

According to Muha, more updates and information regarding the gas leak will follow.

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