Hoover Dam explosion – latest updates: Fire at Nevada’s iconic hydroelectric plant after explosion

Hoover Dam explosion, fire caught on video

A fire and explosion rocked Nevada’s iconic Hoover Dam on Tuesday morning.

Passerby Kristy Hairston tweeted a video at 1:11 p.m., saying she was “turning the Hoover Dam” when she “heard an explosion.”

“My God, something just exploded,” a witness can be heard saying in the video.

Boulder City, Nevada, officials said the dam fire has been extinguished.

The US Bureau of Reclamation, which oversees the dam, said tuesday a transformer caught fire, but firefighters were able to extinguish the fire without incident.

No one was injured in the blast, the agency said, and the power grid is still functioning.

The iconic dam, completed in 1935, provides hydroelectricity to millions of people across Nevada, Arizona and California.

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Offer reflects on ‘climate emergency declaration’

While it’s not yet clear what caused the Hoover Dam fire on Tuesday morning, many parts of the western United States and beyond are suffering from wildfires due to the climate crisis.

This would have caused Joe Biden to consider whether to declare a national climate emergency and dip into federal resources to deal with the crisis.

Gustaf Kilander, Ethan Freemanand Louise Boyle consider what such a statement could mean for the planet.

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Texas congressional candidate calls Hoover Dam a sign of ‘climate emergency’

Russell Foster, a Texan who is running as a Democrat for a seat in the US Congress, said today’s fire at the Hoover Dam is the latest sign of the climate crisis.

Authorities are still investigating what caused a transformer fire at the dam, but the incident came as many parts of the world were battling weather-related heat waves.

“Texas and the American West are on fire. The Hoover Dam just had an explosion,” Mr. Russell wrote on social media on Tuesday. “Heat waves throughout the Northern Hemisphere this week. London is burning. The situation will not improve around the world until we respond to our climate emergency. We can’t cope, we have to deal with this problem.

Here are some of our recent heat reports.

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What is the role of the Hoover dam?

The Hoover Dam is one of the most famous civil engineering works in the United States and is a major tourist attraction as well as a vital source of energy for much of the West.

The dam created and imprisoned Lake Mead, which, when full in drought-free years, is the largest reservoir in the United States, and its generators supply electricity to public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona and California.

Each year, the dam generates 4.5 billion kilowatt hours of hydroelectric power for use in the three states, enough to serve approximately 8 million people in the region.

The Bureau of Reclamation says that during peak electricity times, enough water circulates through the generators to fill 15 average-sized swimming pools – 20,000 gallons each – in one second.

Graeme Massie has the details.

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Onlooker says bridge over Hoover Dam was ‘shaking’ after blast

TikTok user @iris_jaded says she captured another angle on this morning’s fire and explosion at the Hoover Dam.

“We saw it explode. It was very big,” she says in the clip. “The bridge on which we now stand is shaking.”

In the video, an alarm can be heard in the background.

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Power grid still working after transformer fire at Hoover Dam: US Bureau of Reclamation

The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), the federal infrastructure agency that oversees the Hoover Dam, announced what caused the fire and explosion seen at the iconic hydroelectric plant on Tuesday morning.

“Approx. 10:00 a.m. PDT, the A5 transformer at the Hoover Dam caught fire and was extinguished by [the USBR]/Hoover Fire Department approx. 10:30 a.m. PDT. No visitors/employees were injured. There is no risk for the electrical network. Electricity is still produced from the plant,” the agency wrote in a statement on Twitter.

“We are investigating the cause of the fire and will provide additional updates as they become available,” he added.

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WATCH: Video captures fire at Hoover Dam

“We are going to leave now,” said a passer-by, alarmed.

And you can’t blame him.

Twitter user Kristy Hairston recorded video of a fire and explosion that broke out at the Hoover Dam in Nevada on Tuesday morning, capturing the shock and awe of onlookers touring the iconic hydroelectric plant.

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Explosion and fire reported at Nevada’s Hoover Dam

An explosion and fire were reported at the Hoover Dam in Nevada.

“The Boulder City Fire Department is on their way to an emergency call at the Hoover Dam. No further information is available at this time,” the City of Boulder tweeted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kristy Hairston tweeted a video at 1:11 p.m., saying she was “turning the Hoover Dam” when she “heard an explosion.”

The circumstances of the explosion remain unclear. Closer to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Boulder City tweeted that “the fire was extinguished before Boulder City firefighters arrived on the scene.”

Gustaf Kilander has the full report.

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Smoke rises from the Hoover Dam

An unexplained fire and explosion hit the Hoover Dam on Tuesday morning.

The Independent will report live on this mysterious incident. Stay tuned.

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