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Mo. Power Plant Briefly Evacuated After Explosion

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WESTON, Mo. (AP)- More than 200 people were briefly evacuated after a small explosion and fire at Kansas City Power & Light’s Iatan power plant in Weston.

KCP&L spokeswoman Katie McDonald says the plant never stopped operating after the explosion Wednesday morning in a remote area known as a coal bunker.

She says most of the roughly 250 workers at the plant were ushered out as a precaution. They were allowed back inside a short time later. There were no injuries.

Platte County fire crews were dispatched to the coal-fired power plant and quickly contained the blaze. McDonald said early Wednesday afternoon a damage estimate wasn’t yet available.

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