Even many years after FTL research began we had our share of accidents. Argust von Strex (Deceased) was neither the first or last to die in our quest for expansion. The Traverse is a dangerous place, and did not take kindly to our meddling. It is believed that power fluctuations caused by Marcus Stephens‘s experiments began the damage that eventually ended in this place’s destruction. It fell or tore itself out after a series of fires several years after the death of the Stephens’. The fires were always on the anniversary of their deaths so the common rumors have been that they were in protest of the accident by religious extremists that feared our progress into The Traverse.
After the accident Zone #016 was evacuated and Sealed off, the hole was used as a trash fill-in for a while but they could not fit much in there on top of all the wreckage. It has been abandoned for several decades, but every once in a while the fires spring up again and have to be put out. For a brief time there was a black market trade in Zone paraphernalia, but that quickly faded out of distaste.