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Officials: 6 Hurt In Homer City Explosion

By: Trina Orlando
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NewsChopper 2 flew over the the power plant in Homer City. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

NewsChopper 2 flew over the the power plant in Homer City. (Photo Credit: KDKA)

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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.

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