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Boiler Explodes at PA Plant; 1 Minor Injury

A fire department spokesman says they are treating it as a hazardous materials incident purely because it happened at an energy plant.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say a boiler has exploded at a Philadelphia energy plant, and one person received a minor injury.

Police spokesman Jeff Chrusch says the Veolia Energy plant was evacuated. The blast could be heard more than a mile away.

A fire department spokesman says the blast was reported just after 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, and crews were on the scene two minutes later.

A Veolia spokesman says the incident was contained to the inside of the facility and there was no fire. He says the person with minor injuries was treated at the scene and all employees are accounted for.

Veolia Energy has a steam and electricity plant at that location. It provides thermal energy to 300 clients in Philadelphia.

The company says it will fully investigate to determine what happened.

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