Seneca, SC -- A South Carolina nuclear plant experienced a fire, which was classified as an "unusual event." It shut down the plant.
The fire damaged a power line and shut down part of the facility on Sunday. The flames shot into the air and caused a plume of smoke to rise into the sky. A power line in the switchyard was damaged and caused an equipment fault. The fire caused no threat to the public.
Duke Energy released a statement saying, "There was no release of any radioactive material." The fire was not close to the nuclear reactors, turbine, or generator. The station has three nuclear units, but only one was affected.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported that the fire started at 3:12pm, damaged overhead lines that supplied emergency power to the units. By 5:08pm local and state fire firefighters extinguished the fire.
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