'No Risk To Power Grid' - US Govt Says After Explosion At Hoover Dam

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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Jul 19, 2022 - 06:32 PM

Update (1430ET): The US Bureau of Reclamation issued a statement clarifying that there was 'no risk to the power grid or to power output' at the Hoover Dam and confirmed that electrical equipment had caught fire and was now extinguished.

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Update (1415ET): The explosion has been confirmed as occurring in a transformer. The fire is out and no one was injured.

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Shortly after 10am local time, a small explosion and fire was seen at the lower part of the 726 foot high Hoover Dam in Nevada.

As one visitor exclaimed "something has just blown up" as she recorded the incident...

A different angle...

Emergency services are on the scene.

The Hoover Dam lies at the end of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States - which is currently at record extreme low depths.

Most significantly, the dam's generators provide power for various utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California.

There is no indication of any structural issues, or impacts on the grid so far.

For now, Vladimir Putin, or Russian hackers, have not been blamed for the incident.