Power Plant Explosion Rocks Middletown

Middletown Fire Department is reporting a power plant explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant this morning, causing at least five fatalities and a blast felt as far as 15 miles away. All three district fire stations have responded. From the Hartford Courant:

An explosion has occurred at the power plant on River Road in Middletown.

Dozens of ambulances and fire trucks raced to the scene of the explosion, and black smoke was visible for miles, witnesses said.

Details are few at this time, however, police are advising everyone to stay away from the area.

Houses shook as far away as Durham because of the explosion , witnesses said.

CNN: At least 2 dead in Connecticut power plant explosion

MSNBC: ‘Huge’ explosion reported at Conn. power plant

Hartford Courant: At Least 100 Hurt, and “Confirmed Fatalities” After Explosion

Wesleyan All-Campus Email:

Although there were reports that some campus residents felt the explosion, there has been no reported damage in the vicinity of the campus and there is no danger to the campus community.  University officials have been in touch with local authorities to offer assistance if Wesleyan resources can be helpful in responding to the incident.  There are reports of injuries and perhaps some fatalities at the power plant, and our thoughts are with those in the larger Middletown community who were immediately impacted by this event.

UPDATE- NYTimes: Officials suspended the search for survivors early Monday, fearing for the rescue workers’ safety

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26 thoughts on “Power Plant Explosion Rocks Middletown

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  2. Real Name Prefurred

    Casualties and deaths are not the same. A casualty is a person killed OR injured. There were 2 deaths and many more injured.

  3. Real Name Prefurred

    Casualties and deaths are not the same. A casualty is a person killed OR injured. There were 2 deaths and many more injured.

  4. anon

    I live in westco and it felt like something hit the building/my screen but my windows facing main street

  5. anon

    I live in westco and it felt like something hit the building/my screen but my windows facing main street

  6. student

    I live at 200 church and thought it was my imagination that the house shook and woke me up.

    Holy sh*t was I wrong.

  7. student

    I live at 200 church and thought it was my imagination that the house shook and woke me up.

    Holy sh*t was I wrong.

  8. anon

    it was weird, i didn’t think it was an explosion because it seemed like the sound lasted waaaaay too long. it was like a wooshing sound that was also pretty deep but i didn’t think anything of it…

  9. anon

    it was weird, i didn’t think it was an explosion because it seemed like the sound lasted waaaaay too long. it was like a wooshing sound that was also pretty deep but i didn’t think anything of it…

  10. student

    im pretty sure i was awake at 11:15…didn’t feel anything – and i live in westco. not sure how i missed that if i was felt across the state…?

  11. student

    im pretty sure i was awake at 11:15…didn’t feel anything – and i live in westco. not sure how i missed that if i was felt across the state…?

  12. Matt

    I’m a Wesleyan alum living in the state. I was in church this morning in Branford and heard the explosion. Didn’t know what it was and figured something had hit the building. It was probably this. It happened sometime around 11:15 or 11:30.

  13. Matt

    I’m a Wesleyan alum living in the state. I was in church this morning in Branford and heard the explosion. Didn’t know what it was and figured something had hit the building. It was probably this. It happened sometime around 11:15 or 11:30.

  14. aaron

    the blast was felt all the way down to the shoreline, out in hamden. much farther away than just higganum and meriden. the facility was almost in higganum. more than 150 people working there this morning the casualties are going to be alot higher than 3

  15. aaron

    the blast was felt all the way down to the shoreline, out in hamden. much farther away than just higganum and meriden. the facility was almost in higganum. more than 150 people working there this morning the casualties are going to be alot higher than 3

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