Franklin, TX -- On October 13, an explosion at the Luminant Coal Fired Power Plant erupted from a blown transformer.
The explosion was first reported as a fire at 6:08pm. Robertson County dispatchers received a call that the fire had started because of "an electrical issue." At 6:40pm, the Robertson County Sheriff's office released an alert that emergency crews were working on a "turbine fire." By 6:50pm, emergency crews left the scene.
What was earlier reported to be a fire, was, in fact, an explosion from a transformer. "There was no fire (the earlier report of a fire was incorrect) and no injuries. The plant is operational. Plant personnel are investigating the cause of the transformer issue," said Luminant in a statement.
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