Updated -- Major accident occurred at Grand Coulee Dam

No injuries reported

 

Scott Hunter

The outside evidence of damage is shown by the missing and burned "bus," the pipe coming out of the wall to the middle of three transformers between the right powerhouse and the Grand Coulee Dam. Note the workers and firefighters at lower right.

The explosion at Grand Coulee Dam this morning was not a transformer or a generator, but a line and equipment connecting the two.

Conflicitng reports this morning suggested that one or the other had exploded, but in the smoke-filled building it was hard to tell initially just what had happened.

Exactly what happened is still unkown, but a "bus," basically a large pipe that goes through the wall of the right powerhouse is destroyed.

An engineer who had been inside the damage is much worse inside the powerhouse, which may have suffered concrete damage.

The bus leads from the G-10 generator to...



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