Scary explosion! As you may have read about it, the Bowen power plant explosion created sounds similar to those from sonic booms and earthquakes. This explosion, caused by a malfunctioning turbine at Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen near Cartersville in Bartow County, was heard and felt by residents from Cartersville to Euharlee to Taylorsville and beyond on Thursday, April 4 2013 at around 4 p.m.. The explosion injured four people and damaged Plant Bowen in Bartow County. A full investigation for determining the exact cause of the explosion is still under way. This incident presents no danger to the community and Georgia Power customers should not lose electric service. Well I really would like to know what caused this explosion.
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Here some reports from some area residents:
"I live within a mile of the entrance and it shook my entire house and sounded like a sonic boom."
"Our whole house shook, very scary. Kids were terrified."
"I live less than a mile from it. The boom shook stuff off of my table..."
"My son was home alone, and said it shook the entire house, vibrated all the windows, and was the loudest boom he has ever heard, we live about 1/2 mile, if that, from the plant."
"Our house shook like crazy and right after that you could hear the steam being released..."
"It was like a bomb went off. We thought something hit our house."
"We live in Taylorsville. All I can tell you is that it shook the house really bad. We went outside and you could hear the stream pressure releasing (although we hear this occasionally anyway)."
"Our whole house shook! I peeked out my door and smoke was everywhere. Plant Bowen is pretty much in my backyard. Scary!"
"We are in Hunter's Landing behind elem school. The blast shook our house, like it sucked out the air from our house then it expanded back. They let off steam quite frequently over there, and that wakes me up in the night...but never like this in the 19 yrs we've lived here..."
"i live on grassdale rd when it all happened it sound like thunder to me so i went back to what i was doing. then 30 minutes later i hear about plant bowen over m[y] scanner."
"I live close to old Cass High & thought it was thunder too!"
"Heard a very loud boom in the city of Taylorsville, I looked outside to see what had exploded. Very loud sound like steam, I couldn't believe it was the plant, it sounded so much closer."
"I live in aragon all our doors and windows shook a little. We looked for 5 min for what the cause was. Then heard the news."
"I live directly across the river from Plant Bowen and it shook the whole house, felt like an earthquake."