OK Power Plant Blast Hurts 3

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 07:10 PM gHale

An explosion and fire at the GRDA Power Station in Mayes County, OK, early Sunday caused minor injuries.

The fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. at the coal-burning power plant. There were minor injuries as a result of the explosion, said Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) spokesperson Justin Alberty. Three people ended up treated and released at the Pryor hospital for minor injuries following the blast.

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The incident was the result of some “construction-related activity contractors were performing on GRDA’s Unit 2 coal-fired generator,” Alberty said. No GRDA personnel or equipment were a part of the incident.

There was no structural damage to the plant, and the cause is still under investigation, Alberty said.

“The job site has been shut down as the investigation continues, although Unit 1 at the facility remains in operation,” Alberty said.

GRDA broke ground in January on a major addition to the power station, a unit that will run on natural gas. The $425 million generator is going up on the east side of the power plant.

Construction on the natural gas unit started in March and should take two years to complete.

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