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Explosion At Middletown,Conn Power Plant….Multiple Casualties Reported!!!

A large explosion has occurred at the Kleen Energy Power Plant in Middletown and there are reports of mass casualties.

The explosion happened at 11:30 am eastern time. It’s cause is believed due to a natural gas leak.

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=power+plant+explosion&iid=6060047″ src=”1/2/c/b/Ethanol_Tank_Explodes_cd42.jpg?adImageId=10005070&imageId=6060047″ width=”234″ height=”162″ /]There are conflicting reports about how many people were working at the plant at the time of the explosion, but the number ranges from 51 up to 100 people.

Two fatalities and dozens of injuries were immediately confirmed although the death toll was expected to rise.

The explosion was felt for several hundred miles throughout the state.Many thought it was an earthquake, and witnesses have reported that a massive fire-ball rose above the explosion site.

“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.

A local resident, Bernadette Nyland, told WTNH TV she was in her yard when the explosion occurred.

“They were doing the firing of the engines this morning and so something went wrong and it blew up and flames came shooting up almost as tall as that stack,” she told the station.(SOURCE)

Emergency crews are on the scene of an explosion and fire at a power plant in Middletown.There are as many as 20 ambulances at the plant.

“We’re in a search and rescue mode,” said Middletown deputy fire marshal Al Santostefano, who confirmed multiple injuries.

“There are bodies everywhere,” a witness said. Another witness said many victims may be buried in rubble.(SOURCE –COURANT)

The plant was undergoing some construction work at the time of the explosion.

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