Explosions at Georgia Power Plant Leaves Hole the Size of a Football Field

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The explosion that rocked Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen in Bartow County Thursday afternoon blew a hole the size of a football field in the side of this massive power plant’s main building.

“We believe at this point that it was something mechanical in nature,” said utility spokesman Mark Williams. But exactly what that was could take some time to figure out. The explosion was felt for miles around.

Remarkably, Williams said, “There were only a couple of minor injuries. No one was seriously injured.”

A spokeswoman with a hospital in Rome says one person was trapped in an elevator.

The explosion took the facility - one of the biggest coal-fired power plants in the country - offline. There was no immediate indication when it will start generating electricity again. Williams said damage assessment was still underway.


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