UT halts high-velocity research at damaged site

LEANDER, TX

UT research official Juan Sanchez said Thursday that the metal building is not structurally adequate for such experiments. The UT Institute for Advance Technology does research for the military.

A driver was injured by debris during an explosion Tuesday that left holes in the leased building in Leander, about 20 miles northwest of Austin.

Sanchez told the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/LpuHXp ) that a piece of a launcher broke off and was propelled by high-pressure hydrogen gas.

Sanchez says UT will repair the structure, which the school has used since 1990 when the area was less populated, for less high-impact experiments.

Further details weren't immediately released on plans for the higher-velocity research.

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