Hoover Dam eruption reported in a tourist video

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A tourist at the Hoover Dam shared a video on Tuesday showing a small explosion and black smoke.

“Oh my God, something just blew up,” a woman says in the video first shared by Kristi Hurston, who said she was touring the dam on Tuesday and heard an explosion.

A man’s voice, possibly a security guard or a tour guide, is also heard pointing out to the explosion and fire in the dam below.

Subsequently, a Boulder, Nevada, Twitter account wrote that the fire had been put out before the Boulder City Fire Department arrived at the scene.

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The Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency under the US Department of the Interior that manages Hoover Dam, said one transformer caught fire and was extinguished by the Hoover/Reformation Fire Brigade about 30 minutes later.

“There are no injuries to visitors or staff,” Michelle Helms, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Reclamation, told Fox News Digital. “There is no danger to the power grid and power is still being generated from the power plant. We are investigating the cause of the fire and will provide additional updates as they become available.”

Additional details about the circumstances of the accident, which were captured on a mobile phone camera at the hydroelectric power plant located in Clark County, Nevada, were not immediately clear.

Traces of an explosion at the Hoover Dam on Tuesday, July 19, 2022, are seen in a video taken by Christy Hurston and posted on social media.
(Courtesy of: Kristi Hairston/Twitter)

The Hoover Dam, constructed between 1930 and 1936, is located in the Black Valley of the Colorado River on the border between Nevada and Arizona and is the highest concrete dam in the United States.

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This July 12, 2022 photo shows the towers drawing water from the Hoover Dam in Lake Mead, the nation's largest man-made water reservoir, formed by the dam on the Colorado River in the southwestern United States.

This July 12, 2022 photo shows the towers drawing water from the Hoover Dam in Lake Mead, the nation’s largest man-made water reservoir, formed by the dam on the Colorado River in the southwestern United States.
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The dam forms Lake Mead, the largest man-made water reservoir in the country, which serves the states of Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado, and Nevada, as well as parts of Mexico.

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It provides fresh water to nearly 20 million people and farmland.

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