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Video: Explosion at Hoover Dam prompts emergency response

Crews from the Hoover Fire Brigade and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation quickly extinguished the fire



Felicia Alvarez
Los Angeles Times

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — An explosion at the Hoover Dam has prompted an emergency response from a Nevada fire crew, authorities said Tuesday morning.

“We have a crew on the way where we have a report of a fire,” said Lisa LaPlant, a spokesperson for Boulder City.

Boulder City officials said on Twitter that the city fire department was heading toward the incident about 10:30 a.m. after video circulated on social media showing an explosion near the dam.

They later said the fire was extinguished before crews arrived.

“The fire was extinguished before Boulder City Fire Department arrived on scene,” city officials said in a social media post.

A video of the explosion shows a dark cloud of smoke and flames rising from the bottom of the dam. A voice can be heard saying, “My goodness, something has just blown up.”

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear and the Bureau of Reclamation is investigating the incident.

The Hoover Dam stores water from Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country by volume when full. The dam’s generators help power public and private utility companies across Nevada, Arizona and California.

This summer’s worsening drought has seen Lake Mead drop to significantly low water levels.


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