What caused the explosion at Hoover Dam? Explained [Video]

What caused the explosion at Hoover Dam? Explained [Video]

An explosion and fire were reported at the Hoover Dam on Tuesday after a transformer exploded, according to local media. No injuries were reported. Let’s see what happened and What caused the explosion at Hoover Dam.

“There is no risk to the power grid and power is still being produced,” said Jacklynn L. Gould, regional claims office manager for the Lower Colorado region.

The fire started around 10 a.m. and was extinguished about half an hour later, she said.

Video reportedly released at the scene showed a cloud of smoke billowing from the Arizona turbine, with sirens sounding at the scene shortly after.

A huge plume of black smoke swirled above the building.

The City of Boulder City said on its Twitter account that the fire was extinguished before firefighters arrived. He referred additional questions to the Bureau of Reclamation and Hoover Dam.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Some sources claim a transformer failure. If that’s the case very bad. Additionally not too unusual for power plants. In most cases, failure is preceded by warning signs, but occasionally it occurs as a result of a grid disturbance that is largely beyond the operators’ control.

The transformer is what connects the electrical output of that specific generator unit to the electricity grid. The Generator Unit is Out of Service, which reduces the Power Plant’s overall generation output, until the transformer is fixed or replaced (which is often highly expensive and time-consuming).

The Hoover Dam is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border between Nevada and Arizona.

According to the Federal Claims Office, the dam is 221 meters high and 201 meters at its base, the equivalent of two football fields end to end.

Up to 20,000 vehicles per day cross the 14-meter-wide top of the dam, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Social media is rushing with comments, One said, “My goodness, something has just blown up” This Has to be one of the most nonchalant reactions to an explosion I’ve ever heard.

 

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