EXPLOSION KILLS TWO

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Smoke billows from TECO Energy`s Gannon Station Unit 6 in Hillsborough, Port Sutton, Fla., after an explosion on April 8 claimed two lives and injured dozens of people. The main photo was taken shortly after the explosion from the deck of a freighter coming down the channel adjacent to the power plant. The inset shows the plant after much of the smoke cleared. Investigation indicated an access cover to the hydrogen gas system might have been prematurely opened during a maintenance outage. Hydrogen gas is used to cool power generators during normal operation and is contained in a closed system under pressure. Photos courtesy of The Tampa Tribune.

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