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An EXPLOSION Has Been Reported At The Hoover Dam…

One of the greatest hydroelectric plants in the country, Hoover Dam, experienced a transformer explosion on Tuesday, producing a thick cloud of black smoke and flames that were quickly extinguished. However, the cause of the explosion is not yet known.

In a video shared on Twitter, a woman taking part in a tour of the concrete arch dam can be heard saying: “My goodness, something has just blown up,” as alarm sirens could be heard in the background.

The incident happened just after 10 am local time when visitors reported seeing an explosion, fire, and smoke near the base of the dam. The Boulder City Fire Department immediately responded to an emergency call.

Tours of the dam were paused for about 30 minutes at the time of the fire and have since resumed.

According to the Bureau of Reclamation, power was still being generated and the power grid was not at risk following the explosion.

“At approximately 10am PDT the A5 transformer at Hoover Dam caught fire within the last hour and was extinguished by the Reclamation/Hoover fire brigade at approximately 10:30am PDT. There are no injuries to visitors or employees. There is no risk to the power grid and power is still being generated from the powerhouse. We are investigating the cause of the fire and will provide additional updates as they are available.”

The dam is about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas and crosses the Arizona-Nevada border. Its generators supply electricity to California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Nine turbines are located on the Arizona wing and eight on the Nevada wing of the dam’s 17 main turbines.

The Hoover Dam was built nearly a century ago; work on it started in 1931, when the US was in the throes of the Great Depression, and was intended to control seasonal flooding of the Colorado River, which enabled settlement downstream. It also served as a source of irrigation water and hydroelectric power.

When it was finished in 1936, it was the biggest dam in the world and stored enough water in Lake Mead to irrigate two million acres. It also serves as a popular tourist destination.

Sources: Dailywire, Thestar, Bloomberg



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