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Postby Marinepits » February 7th, 2010, 3:01 pm

My father-in-law's Plumbers and Pipefitters Union is the one doing the work here -- reports are hundreds of people have been injured and there are at least two fatalities. Thank all the gods my father-in-law was not there at the time. Please keep all the workers in your thoughts and prayers.

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/middlesex_ ... -explosion

Power plant explosion in Middletown

Nearby homes said to be damaged

Updated: Sunday, 07 Feb 2010, 1:55 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 07 Feb 2010, 12:32 PM EST

At least two fatalities are reported from an explosion at a power plant under construction site in Middletown, Connecticut.

The explosion happened at the Kleen Energy natural gas and oil plant under construction on River Road around 11:30 a.m. Here are the latest details News Channel 8 has learned from authorities at the command post:

•There are fatalities.
•This was a working construction site
•No word on where the workers are from
•Fire is completely out
•Local residents told to stay away
•Windows at Conn Valley Hospital in Middletown broken out by the explosion

Two LifeStar helicopters were called to the scene. One has taken off carrying one patient. We do not know any details about the person's injuries.

State police have deployed detectives and cadaver dogs to the scene to help Middletown authorities, state police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.

There are reports there may have been 300 people in the building at the time of the explosion.

Bernadette Nyland was outside in her yard with her dogs when she heard the blast. "They were doing the firing of the engines this morning and so something went wrong and it blew up and flames came shooting up almost as tall as that stack," she said.

There are reports that homes near plant have been damaged by the explosion. It was felt as far away as Wallingford, North Haven, North Branford and Cheshire.

News Channel 8's Darren Kramer said on Twitter was outside in North Guilford when he heard the explosion. "Sound was huge and low. Lasted several seconds. Assumed sonic boom."

Another Twitter follower named Jennifer said via Twitter, "First thought was earthquake or huge gust of wind--whole house shook, very brief but powerful."

Shelby wrote on Twitter "my whole town was writting on facebook asking if it was a easrthquake, Northford"

Others heard or felt the explosion in Oxford and as far away as Mystic.

In the rush to offer assistance however it may be needed, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said via Twitter "Our HazMat and Decon trailer are on standby for Middletown."
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Postby madremissy » February 7th, 2010, 3:16 pm

:( Good thoughts Jenifer and many prayers to the families
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Postby HappyChick » February 7th, 2010, 3:18 pm

Good thoughts coming from us. I, too, am really glad your father-in-law wasn't there when that happened.
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Postby Marinepits » February 7th, 2010, 3:21 pm

Update is there could be as many as 250 people trapped/crushed under the rubble of the collapsed part of the building.
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Postby Pit♥bull » February 7th, 2010, 3:37 pm

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Postby cheekymunkee » February 7th, 2010, 4:35 pm

That is SO horrible, I didnt know there were that many people there. Last update I had was around 100.
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Postby Marinepits » February 7th, 2010, 4:46 pm

They've only been to confirm about 50 definitely at the site and the status of other workers who are missing is still "ongoing". There are *huge* discrepancies between what the officials are saying and what eyewitnesses and the injured are saying.
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Postby airwalk » February 7th, 2010, 5:33 pm

First thankful your father in law wasn't there and sending prayers for those that were and those still unaccounted for.
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Postby CinderDee » February 7th, 2010, 7:07 pm

That's just awful. :( Sending many good thoughts. :goodthoughts:
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » February 7th, 2010, 7:16 pm

Jen how frightening. I'm so thankful your father-in-law wasn't there. Lots of good safe thoughts for everybody else.
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Postby amazincc » February 7th, 2010, 7:17 pm

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Postby katiek0417 » February 7th, 2010, 7:29 pm

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Postby Suzi » February 7th, 2010, 7:58 pm

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Postby hugapitbull » February 7th, 2010, 9:08 pm

Good thoughts for the families. Such a tragedy.
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Postby mnp13 » February 7th, 2010, 9:11 pm

I'm so glad to hear your father in law wasn't there, how aweful... Please keep us updated on this.
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Postby iluvk9 » February 7th, 2010, 10:33 pm

Prayers going out to all involved.
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Postby mnp13 » February 8th, 2010, 12:48 am

My local news just reported that there are now 5 confirmed dead and more than 25 injured. :(
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