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Several Rescued After Explosion at Connecticut Energy Plant

Firefighters rescued several people Monday after a boiler explosion at a Connecticut trash-to-energy plant, the Hartford Courant reports.

The blast at the Bristol Resource Recovery Facility, which occurred shortly after noon, sent plumes of heavy white smoke from the building and forced an evacuation.

There were no reports of serious injuries, according to the newspaper. 

Mark Bobman, an assistant director at the facility, said the plant was being worked on and was in a partial shutdown mode when high-pressure steam burst through a tube's metal casing.

He says that all workers have been accounted for and that nobody was seriously injured.

The plant processes 650 tons of trash each day to generate more than 16 megawatts of energy.

According to its website, Covanta Energy owns and runs the 23-year-old plant under an agreement with a consortium of surrounding municipalities that send their waste there.

Click for more on the Connecticut plant explosion from the Hartford Courant 

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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