This is a developing story!
“A small explosion and fire have been reported at the Hoover Dam in Nevada, local officials and witnesses say. The exact circumstances were not immediately known,” BNO News reported.
The incident reportedly occurred just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday when visitors said they witnessed an explosion, fire and a large plume of smoke at the base of the dam.
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) July 19, 2022
BNO News reported:
The cause and the circumstances of the explosion were not immediately known. However, there is currently no indication of a threat to the dam’s structure.
“Boulder City Fire Department is en route to an emergency call at Hoover Dam,” the City of Boulder said in a brief statement. “No further information is available at this time.”
Sirens were wailing at the dam in the minutes after the explosion as tourists were taken away.
The Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States.
The dam’s generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California.
FOX5 updated the situation:
The Boulder City Fire Department is en route to the Hoover Dam Tuesday after an explosion was reported.
Boulder City FD updated that the fire was extinguished when crews arrived.
More information is expected to be released from the Bureau of Reclamation.
Boulder City Fire Department is en route to an emergency call at Hoover Dam. No further information is available at this time.
— CityofBoulderCityNV (@BoulderCityNev) July 19, 2022