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February 4, 2014

TOWN: DEC, EPA investigating Tonawanda Coke explosion

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Tonawanda News — The explosion occurred at 11:54 a.m. Friday. Witnesses said they heard a loud boom and saw a large black plume of smoke coming from the coal-burning facility. 

Ellwood and Kenmore fire departments reported to the plant, located at 3875 River Road in the Town of Tonawanda. Plant officials told the fire chiefs that an explosion had occurred due to a buildup of pressure. Firemen did not reach the scene of the incident.

"The plant representative met us at the guard house, and we were satisfied that they didn't need our help," Ellwood Fire Chief Gary Stuff said.

The explosion destroyed a brick wall, but the facility is reporting that no injuries occurred. Mike Durkin, of Tonawanda Coke, informed police that a small fire had occurred as a result of the explosion. Stuff said he wasn't aware of a fire, and if there was one, plant personnel extinguished it on their own.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

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