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Students picking up the pieces after dorm explosion

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Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-07 21:26:41-04

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Students who lived at a University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory building that was heavily damaged by an explosion are trying to pick up the pieces even as they prepare for exams.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Sunday that students like 19-year-old Emma Spingler are missing things like study notes, laptops, clothing left behind when they fled the building on Friday.

Officials have said a mechanical failure of some type is suspected, but the exact cause remains under investigation. Eight people suffered minor injuries in the explosion.

University executive vice president Kevin Carman says search and rescue crews have been working on a plan to let students retrieve necessary items.

The university has said on social media that about 200 students were displaced by the explosion.