Investigation into Plant Bowen explosion continues - New York News

Investigation into Plant Bowen explosion continues

Posted: Updated:
BARTOW COUNTY, Ga. -

Crews at Plant Bowen in Bartow County are continuing an investigation into the cause of an explosion that rocked the plant on Thursday.

Georgia Power said the explosion occurred in the generator of a unit that was being brought down for a maintenance outage when the explosion took place around 4 p.m. Nearby residents said the ground trembled and windows shook after the explosion.

Mark Williams of Georgia Power said the explosion was believed to be mechanical.

The explosion knocked the plant out of commission. FOX 5 has learned that the unit had been turned off for days prior to the explosion.

John Kraft of Georgia Power said that crews are trying to figure out what caused the explosion and how to prevent it from happening again.

Authorities said two people suffered minor injuries. One person was trapped in an elevator. They were treated at released.

The force of the blast was so strong that it tore metal panels from power plant walls and shook homes and businesses for miles.

Logan Ashe was home with her family and said she thought Mother Nature had taken over.

"It was like the worst thunder I ever heard and shook the house," Ashe said.

According to Georgia Power's website, Plant Bowen, a coal-fired power station in Euharlee, Ga., is the "second largest generating plant in the Western Hemisphere."

It is not known how long the plant will be closed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Dwayne Johnson hosts 'Hercules' screening for NYC children

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:30:48 GMT
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
    When he's not slaying three-headed beasts with his olive-wood club, Hercules carves out time for the little people. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson treated fans from the Harlem Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC to an advance screening of his new film. I caught up with the larger-than-life action hero after the big surprise.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:20:19 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Suffolk County jail warden is highest-paid muni worker in NY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:48:14 GMT
    New York State NewsNew York State News
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
    The Empire Center for Public Policy reports 1,803 local government employees outside of New York City have been paid more than Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $179,000 salary in the past year. The report from the fiscally conservative group for the year ending March 31 shows 47 of the 50 highest-paid municipal employees working for police departments or sheriff's offices and each taking home more than $250,000.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices