Sunday, February 7, 2010
RAW DATA: Recent Power Plant Explosions
Oct. 27, 2008 – A gas explosion rocked an outbuilding near Exelon Corp’s Quad Cities nuclear plant in Illinois, but no plant workers were injured.
Nov. 6, 2007 – Three workers at the Salem Harbor Power Station in Massachusetts lost their lives when a boiler’s water tube ruptured, spraying them with scalding hot steam.
Oct. 2, 2002 – Exhausted firefighters battled a nine-alarm blaze for hours at the Boston Edison plant in Massachusetts. Despite the magnitude of the fire, no fatalities were reported.
Aug. 23, 2000 – A natural gas leak took the blame for an explosion at a power plant in Russell, Kansas, that leveled the facility and cut power to over 5,000 people. Two plant workers suffered serious burns.
April 8, 1999 – Two workers were killed at a Tampa, Fla., electrical-power plant blast that was blamed on a hydrogen-gas leak. Another 49 were injured.
Sources: The Capital Times & Wisconsin State Journal, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Boston Herald, and The Seattle Times