At Least Five Workers Killed in Connecticut Energy Plant Explosion

February 8, 2010

An explosion at an under-construction energy plant in Central Connecticut has killed at least five workers and injured 12 others, prompting a major emergency response by local and state officials as they continue to search for survivors.

Investigators say approximately 50 construction workers were inside the building yesterday shortly before noon when it’s believed that a leak in one of the lines at the gas-fired energy plant ignited, blowing apart much of the structure.

New reports say the blast could be felt for miles away.

The plant, located in Middletown, was being built by Kleen Energy Systems, which broke ground on the project nearly two years ago. It was scheduled to go online in June.

The state has put a temporary, no-fly zone around the site, as rescuers continue to look for any possible survivors.

“We cannot have the safety of our first responders jeopardized,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. “I appreciate the cooperation of the federal government in helping us secure these restrictions. The state’s efforts to support the city of Middletown and the families and victims profoundly affected by this tragedy are ongoing.”

The Governor said the state has also dispatched a four-person Behavioral Health Team to help provide counseling for the families, workers and others affected. The state’s search and rescue team, which includes specially trained dogs, will remain on the scene as long as needed.

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