Updated: Report: Explosion at Hoover Dam, Cause Unknown

Updated [6:15 p.m. EDT]: According to an updated report from Bloomberg News, “An explosion reported at Hoover Dam was caused by an electrical transformer that caught fire on Tuesday morning, the US Bureau of Reclamation said.”



A small explosion and fire at the Hoover Dam prompted a response from the Boulder City (Nevada) Fire Department on Tuesday morning, Las Vegas’KVVU-TV reported.

“[T]he fire was extinguished before Boulder City Fire Department arrived on the scene. Bureau of Reclamation/ Hoover Dam will be handling any additional questions,” the official account of Boulder City wrote in a tweet. 

Video of the incident shows smoke billowing out, with one tourist saying they “heard an explosion.”

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.



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