Officials: 6 Hurt In Homer City Explosion

By: Trina Orlando

HOMER CITY (KDKA) — Authorities say six workers were injured when a steam pipe ruptured this morning and caused an explosion at a power plant in Homer City, Indiana County.

According to emergency officials with the county, the blast happened around 7:45 a.m. on Power Plant Road off of Route 119 at the Homer City Generating Station, operated by Edison Mission.

A company spokesperson says the explosion happened in a six-inch, high-pressure pipe on the sixth floor of a building.

Three men were flown via medical helicopter to Pittsburgh hospitals where they are listed in fair conditions. Three others were taken to Indiana hospital where they were treated and released.

The Homer City Generating Station is the largest operated by Edison Mission. It employs around 250 people and serves more than 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.

The company says the plant has an “exceptional” safety record with only one incident reported in the last 856 days.

OSHA has been called in to investigate the cause of the explosion.

In the meantime, the unit where the explosion occurred has been shutdown. No power interruptions will occur.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

  • JoEllen Vasbinder Nevins

    Please keep these people in your prayers.

  • JoEllen Vasbinder Nevins

    Please keep these guys in your prayers.

  • Holly Gearhart

    My husband and the crew his works with is okay there but please pray for the other workers and families.

    • Terry

      My brother works there, He is reported to be ok, Our praqyers go out for the other workers and their families

  • Rev. Nelson

    Lord, please help these people…amen.

    • E.S.

      Precious families and friends of the injured ,…have prayed for (your) the injured and their families..
      Most compassionate heart of Jesus we beg your tender mercies for the injured in this explosion, We ask for your comlete restoration to health and wholeness.. We thank You Lord God , we love you and trust you, All praises to You!!
      In Jesus Name Father God , Amen
      He is good His mercies endure forever..
      Matthew 18:19-20.
      19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
      Our God is the God of the impossible Luke 1:37 Ephesians 3:20..
      Romans 4:17
      We have only one God, the true God (of Love who laid down His life for sinners) the Living God the first born from the dead, who lives at the right hand of the Father making intercession for all who will call upon Him ( to be saved from God’s coming judgement on the world) Romans 10
      May He Bless You All! He is Faithful ThankYou Lord!

  • Jen

    My husband works there occasionally doing maintenance……prayers and best thoughts to the workers and their families!

  • uttam

    I pray god so that all of these people return to their homes and loved ones.

  • boo

    my brother and godfather are there. how do i find out if they are ok????/

    • Larry

      Call them.

  • kelly

    My husband works with these guys. Please keep them in your prayers.

  • boo

    my dad is retired from there but still does consulting work for the plant. he wasn’t there today but my brother and God father are. just got news they are ok!!! it was a contractor and 4 or 5 ei (?) guys. i giess it was on unit one 6th floor.

  • lmb

    COMEATMEJUDGE, you say people are strange. I agree,YOU ARE. People just trying to comfort other people and praying is not strange. But I will pray for them and yourself any how. amen

  • Daniel

    People have the right to pray. It gives comfort to some. Prayer has been proven to give emotional support to people regardless to whom or what you pray to. To each his own I say. People also have the right not to pray as well. If everyone would just be good to our fellow man then we would need a lot less praying if you ask me. I hope these people will be OK.




    wow! all these people must be related on here cause thats the only way to get hired there!

  • Blue

    When is Governor Tom Corbett going to come out of hiding and start to lead? There was a huge gas explosion in Allentown, PA where an infant and three elderly were killed and now this. Yet this is how our governor was spending his working day…

    • Julia Gulia

      So what? He can’t do anything. He is helpless himself.

  • Blue

    He just had two horrific events occur in his state and no comment from him? No leadership? No reassurance? We are paying him our tax dollars to lead this state. Yet he is spending a working day on our tax dollars at the outdoors show?

    • shelb

      corbett has nothing to do with power plants and i went here in december of 2009 and right before i got there for a short outage there was an explosion im a contractor. but when i was there it wasnt on the news but i hope everyone turns out fine and that osha should crack down on these lazy plant coordinators that dont do regular inspections like they should

  • boo

    my daddy worked there all my life and never once did an accident occur. since his retirement they contract people in to maintain the plant and he consults for them. that is a very safe power plant. i’ll have to do some research but stephen i believe your statement does not hold water. any time you deal with high pressure there is bound to be some flaw somewhere in the system at some point in time.

  • boo

    the epa has a case against them for violating the clean air act of 1990 but i have found nothing about safety violations…

  • Bob Fazzolare

    We at Custom Valve in New Castle Pa.
    Have worked in this plant as outside contractors. The staff at the Homer City Station have always made safety a priority for us and their employees.
    We hope for a speedy and healthy recovery for the injured workers and their families.

  • IBEW member

    Most of the US Power plants are aging and have piping which maybe experiencing Flow Accelerated Corrosion (FAC). The power industry is living on borrowed time. Many of the power plants in the US are >30 years old and the power companies do not spend the money to replace pipes and other components until it is absolutely necessary. As these plants continue to age there will be more accidents like this unless the companies spend the money to replace equipment. I have worked in the industry for over 20 years and my father work at one for 35 years. There has been a trend to use outside nonunion contractors to save money and repairs and replacements are differed to save money also. If this can happen at dirt (coal) burner or a gas plant what about a nuclear plant? We need to spend money to build new plants to provide electricity to the people instead of paying millions to bail out fat cat bankers and brokers.

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