Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2002 15:52:06 -0500

Author: "Fred Stein"

Subject: Re: Maryland physics

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Dick,
Thanks for the update.
We were very worried, and we hope the electrician recovers.
Fred

Dr. Fredrick M. Stein
Director of Education and Outreach
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740-3844
(301) 209-3263
(301) 209-0865 fax
stein@aps.org
http://www.aps.org/educ/

>>> reberg@physics.umd.edu 10/28/02 03:45PM >>>
Sam and others,

Thank you for your concern regarding the fire.

It turns out that the major casualty is the electrician who accidentally
shorted some cables in a high-power distribution box. When it happened it
caused a rather substantial explosion and resulted in a fire that exposed
him to serious smoke inhalation problems. It took the fire department a
while to get him out of the power distribution room, and he is now in a
coma with serious burns and breathing problems.

The building itself suffered only minor damage, except that all of the
power went out, so that some of the research experiments that were turned
off suffered damage or at least significant interruption. The primary
damage to the building is in the power distribution system, that
apparently will take several days to repair. In addition it took out the
fire alarm system, and they will not open the building until it has been
repaired and tested.

All classes in the Physics building have been canceled today and will be
rescheduled in other buildings for the rest of this week. Lab classes
may be out for two weeks.

I presume that there will be a major investigation by the Federal and
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administrations, and a hefty fine
for violating safety regulations.

You can follow the story on the temporary web site:

http://www.physics.umd.edu/#itinfo

Dick Berg

On Mon, 28 Oct 2002, Sam Sampere wrote:

> I just tried to get into Dick Berg's site, but it was down. Turns out
> they have major damage to the physics building.
>
> See:
>
> http://www.physics.umd.edu/
>
> Sam
>
>

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Dr. Richard E. Berg, Director Phone: (301) 405-5994
Lecture-Demonstration Facility FAX: (301) 314-9525
Department of Physics e-mail reberg@physics.umd.edu
University of Maryland www.physics.umd.edu/lecdem
College Park, MD 20742-4111
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If you take all of the students who sleep in class at the University of
Maryland, and line them up head to toe to head to toe, they would be more
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Dick,

Thanks for the update.

We were very worried, and we hope the electrician
recovers.

Fred

 

Dr. Fredrick M. Stein
Director of Education and
Outreach
American Physical Society
One Physics Ellipse
College Park
, MD
20740-3844
(301) 209-3263
(301) 209-0865 fax
href="mailto:stein@aps.org">stein@aps.org
href="http://www.aps.org/educ">http://www.aps.org/educ/


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t;>>
reberg@physics.umd.edu 10/28/02
03:45PM >>>
Sam and others,

Thank you for your concern
regarding the fire.

It turns out that the major casualty is the
electrician who accidentally
shorted some cables in a high-power distribu
tion
box.  When it happened it
caused a rather substantial explosion and
resulted in a fire that exposed
him to serious smoke inhalation
problems.  It took the fire department a
while to get him out of the

power distribution room, and he is now in a
coma with serious burns and
breathing problems.

The building itself suffered only minor damage,
except that all of the
power went out, so that some of the research
experiments that were turned
off suffered damage or at least significant
interruption.  The primary
damage to the building is in the power
distribution system, that
apparently will take several days to repair.&nb
sp;
In addition it took out the
fire alarm system, and they will not open the

building until it has been
repaired and tested. 

All classes
in
the Physics building have been canceled today and will be
rescheduled in
other buildings for the rest of this week.  Lab classes
may be out f
or
two weeks.

I presume that there will be a major investigation by the
Federal and
Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administrations, and
a
hefty fine
for violating safety regulations.

You can follow the st
ory
on the temporary web site:

href="http://www.physics.umd.edu/#itinfo">http://www.physics.umd.edu/#itinfo


Dick
Berg

On Mon, 28 Oct 2002, Sam Sampere wrote:

> I just tried
to
get into Dick Berg's site, but it was down.  Turns out
> they hav
e
major damage to the physics building.
>
> See:
>
>
href="http://www.physics.umd.edu/">http://www.physics.umd.edu/
>

> Sam
>
>


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***
Dr.
Richard E. Berg, Director       
Phone:    (301) 405-5994
Lecture-Demonstration
Facility        FAX:    (301)
314-9525
Department of Physics       
    e-mail    reberg@physics.umd.edu
Univer
sity
of Maryland            href="http://www.physics.umd.edu/lecdem">www.physics.umd.edu/lecdem
C
ollege
Park, MD
20742-4111
**************************************************************
*********
If
you take all of the students who sleep in class at the University
of
Maryland, and line them up head to toe to head to toe, they would be
more
comfortable.
****************************************************
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