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Explosion rocks Hoover Dam and causes fire

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A small explosion started a fire at the Hoover Dam late Tuesday morning.

Despite large gray clouds of smoke billowing out of a building near the base of the dam, the fire was quickly extinguished, officials said.

While the cause of the explosion remains unclear, the subsequent fire was put out before units with the Boulder City Fire Department arrived on the scene, the department said.

The footage shows massive gray clouds of smoke coming from part of the 726-foot tall dam as a person in the background can be heard saying, ‘My goodness, something has just blown up.’

A second video shared to TikTok shows a different angle of the explosion, which social media users speculate occurred at the dam’s generators or turbines.

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The Hoover Dam impounds the largest US reservoir, Lake Mead, where human remains were discovered earlier this year as drought caused its water levels hit a historic low.

The historic dam, located about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, was constructed during the Great Depression. Its situated along the Colorado River on the border of Nevada and Arizona and receives millions of tourists each year, making it the most-visited dam in the world.

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