HMN-WTSP is reporting that two people are dead, and four others have received “life threatening” injuries after a possible explosion at a power plant. The incident occurred during routine maintenance of a “slag tank”.
Officials say two people have died in an industrial accident at the TECO Big Bend Power Plant in south Hillsborough County.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue received a call about a possible explosion about 4:20 p.m. They said two people died at the plant, and four others were sent to hospitals with life-threatening injuries.
The accident happened during routine maintenance on a slag tank, TECO said. Slag is a byproduct of producing power from coal.
TECO officials said the accident happened in Unit 2 at the Big Bend plant. There are four units at the plant.
All other workers were accounted for, officials said.
Officials said there is no threat to the community.