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Explosion in Westwood Village causes street closures, breaks windows

Westwood Boulevard just south of the UCLA campus was closed to traffic this morning while officials investigated an underground explosion that damaged a passing Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus and injured the driver.
The Los Angeles Fire Department determined that the explosion occurred in an electrical transformer vault under the street.
Buildings between LeConte and Weyburn avenues were evacuated as a precaution — including the Bank of America building, which houses some employees of the David Geffen School of Medicine and other UCLA staff. Some of the building's windows were blown out. There were no immediate reports of injuries in the buildings.
"When the explosion happened it felt like someone dropped a huge truck on the roof of the building," said Elaine Schmidt, a senior media relations officer for UCLA Health Sciences. "We all went running to the window and there was a ball of flame coming out of the street and tons of brown smoke."
Traffic officers directed traffic away from the scene. Motorists and pedestrians were encouraged to use other entrances to campus.
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