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Explosion in Middletown, Connecticut

There was a massive explosion at a power plant under construction in Middletown, Connecticut today, Sunday, February 7, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Early reports are that a gas pipeline ruptured, spewing fire and causing a blast that rocked the area; it was felt up to ten miles away.

Two deaths have been confirmed among the workers who were on the job today, and police on the scene are quoted as saying "mass casualties" have resulted.  Reuters is reporting that at least 100 people have been injured, at least four critically, and more deaths are expected to be discovered.  Other reports say that there may have been a minimum of 250 people injured.

The Kleen Energy Plant is being built on the banks of the Connecticut River on River Road in Middletown.

Mutual aid is being sought from fire, rescue, and emergency responders from multiple states in the Connecticut area.  Numerous sources of assistance are on the scene, including medical helicopters which are airlifting victims from the location to area hospitals.  Urban Search and Rescue teams are being deployed to the site.


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