- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) - State regulators have given Pacific Gas & Electric Co. the OK to complete demolition of a Central California power plant after an initial attempt left several people injured.

Shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators when the Bakersfield power plant was imploded using dynamite and charges in August. Five people were injured, including a man whose leg was severed.

The Bakersfield California reports (https://bit.ly/1iROfpk) that the California Public Utilities Commission and state Division of Occupational Safety and Health have given permission to resume the work.

The utility says no explosives will be used this time. Instead, large equipment will be brought in to tear down what remains of the structure. PG&E; did not say when the work would resume.

The botched implosion resulted in fines against two companies that were subcontractors on the project.


Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, https://www.bakersfield.com

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