- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says one of the two reactors at Xcel Energy’s Prairie Island nuclear plant shut down automatically after a problem developed in the unit’s turbine.

NRC spokeswoman Viktoria Mitlyng says officials are looking into why the turbine went offline Thursday. After that happened, she says, fire alarms went off.

Because it took more than 15 minutes for operators to confirm there was no fire, she says, they had to report it to the NRC as an “unusual event,” and did around 1:15 p.m.

Mitlyng says they’re investigating why the alarms went off.

Xcel Energy spokesman Randy Fordice says there’s no indication yet that the turbine problem and the false fire alarms in the Unit 2 containment building were connected, but there was no danger to the public.

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