UPDATE 7:09 p.m. EDT: "Indian Point is in safe, stable condition following transformer failure. No danger to community or employees at any time," said a statement from Indian Point Energy. The plant's sprinkler system extinguished the flames, which broke out in an area separate from the nuclear reactors, according to WCBS-TV, New York.
New York State Police said Saturday evening they were investigating reports of an explosion at Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear power plant 38 miles north of New York City. “We’re investigating, but we have nothing to confirm at this time,” a state police department spokesman said in Hudson, New York.
Police told WCBS-TV, New York, the explosion is believed to be from a power transformer, and no injuries were reported. The local fire department in Buchanan told WABC-TV, New York, a small fire broke out at the facility, and the on-site fire brigade extinguished the flames. There were no reports of power outtages, and local officials said the public is safe.
BREAKING PHOTO: Alarms going off after huge explosion, At the Indian point nuclear power plant. 50 miles from NYC pic.twitter.com/55XaOhaLkw
â€” Breaking News (@NewsOnTheMin) May 9, 2015
Indian Point is a three-unit nuclear power plant that generates more than 2,000 megawatts of electrical power. It’s owned and operated by Entergy Nuclear Northeast, a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.
There's black smoke pouring out of the Indian Point nuclear facility. Oh, joy.
â€” Ron Egatz (@ronegatz) May 9, 2015