Video following a small explosion and fire was posted on social media by tourists at the Hoover Dam in Nevada.
The circumstances surrounding the explosion were not immediately known, but there is currently no indication of threat to the dam’s structure.
BREAKING: Small explosion and fire at the Hoover Dam; cause unknown pic.twitter.com/Y2YfPVvGaH— BNO News (@BNONews) July 19, 2022
The Boulder City Fire Department is currently responding to the scene.
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
Per the BCFD, the fire originated near the Arizona turbine house. There are 17 main turbines at the dam which collectively provide power for Nevada, Arizona, and California.
UPDATE: The Bureau of Reclamation, a federal office that manages water and power in the western United States, issued a statement.
At approx. 10 a.m. PDT, the A5 transformer at Hoover Dam caught fire & was extinguished by @usbr/Hoover fire brigade at approx. 10:30am PDT. There are no injuries to visitors/employees. There is no risk to the power grid. Power is still being generated from the powerhouse. 1/2🧵 pic.twitter.com/SYbXZHcZhA— Bureau of Reclamation (@usbr) July 19, 2022
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.