Video Shows Explosion At The Hoover Dam


A tourist shared a video Tuesday showing a small explosion and black smoke at the Hoover Dam. A male’s voice is heard noting the explosion and fire at the dam below.

The Bureau of Reclamation said a transformer caught fire at the Hoover Dam and was extinguished around 30 minutes later. No injuries were reported and power is still being generated.

The Hoover Dam, constructed between 1930 and 1936, sits in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River on the border between the Nevada and Arizona and is the highest concrete arch dam in the United States.

The dam forms Lake Mead, the country’s largest man-made water reservoir, which serves water to the states of Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado and Nevada, as well as parts of Mexico.

Lately the water levels which are getting low enough where power generation could become a problem has been a highlight of coverage. As draught which has hit the south west for 20+ years causes loss of resupply.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Transformer fire at Hoover Dam leads to explosion; no injuries reported  Fox 5 Las Vegas
  2. Hoover Dam explosion reported in tourist video  Fox News
  3. Hoover Dam explosion, fire caught on tourist video  FOX 11 Los Angeles
  4. Transformer catches fire at Hoover Dam, no injuries reported  News3LV
  5. Fire breaks out at Hoover Dam, but flames extinguished before firefighters arrived  CNN
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