A fire broke out at the Hoover Dam on Tuesday, July 19th. One of the transformers located at the bottom of the dam exploded and burned for roughly half an hour before being put out. Luckily the power in the area was not effected.
The Hoover Dam is located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Right on the border between Nevada and Arizona. It’s about two football fields long or 660 feet and has a height of 726 feet. Over 2,000 vehicles cross the bride on top every day. This was undoubtedly a scary sound to be heard even all the way on top of the bridge. One can only imagine how they felt when they saw the plume of smoke reach the top of the dam. Luckily, no one was hurt.
Kristy Hairston was touring the Hoover Dam, and captured video of the explosion. Authorities responded quickly. Workers at the dam were able to put it out before the local fire department arrived.
While this was scary for those surrounding the incident, the dam was not in danger of losing it’s structural integrity. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.