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TV: Huge explosion at nuclear plant near NYC — 200 foot high fire ball reported — “Huge black ball of smoke… alarms went off immediately… emergency vehicles coming from every direction” — Fire reignited after burning for half hour — Loudspeaker: “This is not a drill, please be aware, this is not a drill” (VIDEO)
Published: May 10th, 2015 at 9:16 am ET
Fox NY, May 9, 2015 (emphasis added): Explosion at Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in NY — New York’s Indian Point Nuclear Power Facility… was rocked by an explosion on Saturday.
WPIX, May 9, 2015: Witnesses saw a huge explosion and ensuing smoke and fire… 40 miles north of New York City.
Reuters, May 10, 2015: Fire at transformer lasted 25 minutes… Several police units responded to the plant after receiving emergency calls from people who heard an explosion and saw smoke… Friday, Entergy returned… Unit 3 back to service after shutting it down the previous day to repair a steam leak… Large transformer explosions or fires are unusual…
Kempter’s Fire Wire: @Indian Point… Caller reporting 200 foot fire ball…
CBS NY, May 9, 2015: The blaze, which sent black smoke billowing into the sky… A hiker who took a photo of the smoke above Indian Point said he heard alarms and over a loudspeaker a message saying, “This is not a drill.”… “I want to make sure that things work the way they’re supposed to work in this kind of emergency,” the governor said.
CNN, May 9, 2015: “We saw just a huge black ball of smoke right across the river,” witness Gustavus Gricius told CNN. “We could smell the oily, electric burn smell.”… The blast sent the facility into an emergency response situation classified as an “unusual event,” according to [Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi].
Reuters, May 9, 2015: Witnesses… report hearing an explosion followed by large plumes of gray and black smoke billowing from the plant. “It was a huge black ball of smoke and alarms went off immediately” [said] Gustavus Gricius, who was driving past when he heard the explosion.
NY Times, May 9, 2015: Gustavus Gricius… saw “a huge ball of black smoke” rising from the power plant… the sounds and smells of the scene soon made him nervous. “We could hear the paging system from the facility across the river, ‘This is not a drill, please be aware, this is not a drill,’… There was an electrical, oily burning smell. Once we smelled that that’s when we were like, ‘Let’s get out of here.’” Mr. Gricius said that he could hear “fire trucks and emergency vehicles coming from every direction.”
NBC NY, May 10, 2015: The fire started up again after being extinguished but has since been put out, officials said.
WABC, May 10, 2015: “There are emergency crews inside in case another fire should happen… The transformer did ignite a second time.”
Journal News, May 10, 2015: After being extinguished the fire was “apparently reignited” by the heat of the transformer, [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] said… it is “a stone’s throw from one of the most densely populated urban areas on the planet… We’ve had too many emergencies of late.