Im from Connecticut so this story hits home. My condolences to the victims family’s. Thank God everyone in my family it alright. If its not one thing its the other…..
Connecticut gas plant explodes, 2 reported dead
MIDDLETOWN, Conn (Reuters) – At least two people died and dozens were feared injured on Sunday when a massive explosion erupted in a gas power plant under construction in Connecticut, police said.
The local CBS station WFSB reported on its website that up to 250 people were feared hurt but this could not be confirmed by other sources. Scores of ambulances and several helicopters rushed to the scene of the Kleen Energy plant on the banks of the Connecticut River.
Medical rescue personnel said two people were dead and at least 100 were injured, four critically, according to the Hartford Courant newspaper website.
A fire official said 51 construction workers were believed to be on site at the time. Some might still be trapped under the rubble, and a search-and-rescue team was trying to find them, he said.
There was no further danger to the public, the official told reporters. Local hospitals were on mass casualty alert.
The explosion happened just before 11:30 a.m. during tests at the plant, a 620 megawatt gas-fired power plant which was due to come online in the summer.
Officer Kevin White of Middletown Police told Reuters there were “mass casualties” but could not give precise details. Firefighter Cliff Seifert confirmed there were numerous casualties.
State emergency official Betsy Hard said local authorities had asked the state for help.
Middletown, a college town, is 23 miles south of the city of Hartford, the state capital.
The explosion was felt as far away as East Haven, a distance of 30 miles, and black smoke was visible for miles (km) around.
“I felt the ground shake and thought a tree had fallen nearby,” said Ethan Goller, who at the time was working in his garage in Ivoryton, 20 miles from Middletown.