A transformer fire at Hoover Dam was quickly extinguished-Hoover dam explosion today
OULDER CITY:- A transformer at Hoover Dam, one of the nation’s largest hydroelectric facilities, exploded on Tuesday, creating thick clouds of black smoke and flames that were quickly extinguished.
No one was injured in the explosion near the base of the dam(Hoover Dam explosion), an engineering marvel on the Colorado River that straddles the border of Arizona and Nevada. The Western Area Power Administration said electricity produced at the Hoover Dam continued to flow to the 8 million people who depend on it in Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California.
The cause of the fire was being investigated (hoover dam news) and officials were working to determine the extent of damage to the transformer, which is one of 15 on the premises that regulates the voltage for electricity sent to customers.
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“There is no risk to the power grid,” said Jacqueline Gould, regional director of the US Bureau of Reclamation.
Gold said in a statement that the fire started around 10 a.m. and was extinguished within half an hour. This caught the attention of tourists who said they heard the alarm sound and felt the ground rumble beneath them.
William Herro, 13, of San Francisco, was on a bridge with his parents when he saw the explosion and then heard a “big boom”.
“A ton of black smoke just burst into the air. It almost looked like a mushroom and then it caught fire,”
Hero said. “I was really surprised and I started filming.”
The explosion occurred on the apron of a construction housing turbines slightly below the base of the dam, about 25 miles (40 km) southeast of Las Vegas. Hoover Dam is one of the tallest concrete dams in the US at 726 feet (221 m). Each of its 17 generators can supply electricity to 100,000 homes.(hoover dam explosion today)
More than 20,000 vehicles a day drive over the wide top of the dam, which is a National Historic Landmark and seen in films including Transformers and Fools Rush Inn. Most motorists traveling between Arizona and Nevada use a bypass bridge over the dam that opened in 2010.
The Bureau of Reclamation owns and operates dams, power plants, and turbines. Electricity produced on site is transferred to a substation where it is marketed through the Western Region Power Administration.
The Hoover Dam is considered a baseload source of electricity, meaning it can respond quickly to the need for additional power on the grid or dial back the supply.(explosion at hoover dam)
The Western Area Power Administration’s control center in Phoenix was put on alert after a fire broke out. Spokeswoman Lisa Meiman said that while damage to a transformer or other equipment at hydroelectric facilities could strain the grid, “no source is integral to the health of the power grid.”
The administration markets electricity from 57 federal hydroelectric facilities. Meeman said the largest are the Hoover Dam and Glen Canyon Dam upstream on the Arizona-Utah border.
Hydropower from those dams is threatened by the recent falling levels of Lake Mead and Lake Powell, the two largest man-made reservoirs in the US that hold water from the Colorado River.
Federal officials have taken action in recent years to keep the dams’ electricity-generating capacity and to keep the water flowing in the western states and Mexico that depend on them. Drought and climate change have reduced the lakes to their lowest level in decades.