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‘Major incident’ declared after people injured at power plant

“We do have an incident at Big Bend, reports of four people being injured, possibly burned”, a TECO spokesperson told FOX 13.Four of the injured workers were rushed by ground and air to Tampa General Hospital.Emergency services in Florida are at the scene of a “major incident” at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach, local officials say.Coal produces slag when it burns, which falls into a water tank at the plant where it cools and crystallizes. It is sold and reused as an abrasive in products like sandpaper.Twenty years ago nearly to the day, four TECO workers were seriously injured during routine maintenance of a slag tank at a plant in Port Sutton. “There are few details”.TECO’s public information officer, Cheri Jacobs said workers were performing routine maintenance on a slag tank at the time of the accident, around 4 p.m. Thursday. Unit 2 was shut down after the explosion.Federal investigators will likely take over the case. “The scene at the power plant is still very active”. The safety violations led to an explosion that killed three people and injured dozens more.The Big Bend Power Station sits on about 1,500 acres off a road by the same name on a swath of waterfront land in Hillsborough County, about 15 miles southeast of downtown Tampa. The second unit, where the accident occurred, went online in 1973. However, it has in recent years added natural gas- and oil-fired capabilities.The stacks of the Big Bend power plant are a familiar landmark to many in the Bay Area, towering above the eastern shore of Tampa Bay.