No injuries in explosion at Greene County steam plant

No injuries in explosion at Greene County steam plant

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Alabama Power is investigating an explosion at its steam plant in Greene County.

The company just confirmed that no one was injured in the explosion. It happened just after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at Unit 10, which is a natural gas unit. The rest of the plant is operating normally.

"It did not affect our base load at all. It was an exhaust, which is like a backfire like you would have on the gas engine of a car if a car backfires," Joseph Brown with Alabama Power explained.

"We had no injuries which was great. And again until we complete our investigation on exactly what happened I could tell you more then," Brown said.

Alabama Power released the following statement on their website:

Alabama Power is investigating the cause of an explosion in the exhaust building of a natural gas unit at its Greene County power facility.

The explosion happened shortly after 9 a.m., at the building in the rear of Combustion Unit #10. There were no injuries, and all employees were immediately accounted for. While Unit #10 is inactive, the other units are operating normally, and there is no impact on the company's ability to provide enough electricity to feed the grid.

The investigating team arrived on site late Tuesday afternoon, and it will likely be next week before they can determine the exact cause of the blast.

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