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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An explosion this morning at the L.V. Sutton Energy Complex in New Hanover County ended in a worker’s death. Progress Energy says the explosion happened in one of the plant’s three coal-fired steam units.

Progress Energy says the explosion killed 24-year-old Cory Rogers. He had been an employee at the plant since 2004.

“It’s a very traumatic event for all of our employees here,” Progress Energy spokesman Mike Hughes said.

The company said Rogers was doing maintenance on one of the plant’s three coal-fired units, which was offline at the time. It was the plant’s oldest unit, dating back to 1954.

No one else was injured, and the explosion did not result in a fire. Now local, state, and federal investigators are looking into the incident that progress energy is calling an accident.

“Our employees work in dangerous conditions often times, and so we have a culture of safety within the company,” Hughes said. “But we also recognize that accidents do happen. Today we lost a member of our family here at the Sutton Plant.”

Progress Energy says the investigation will take some time to complete. There is no word yet on how it happened.

Firefighters on the scene said the explosion caused a flash fire, which is why flames did not spread beyond the initial explosion.

“You may just have your combustible materials or your flamable materials where it’s just a flash fire, but it’s not enough to sustain a fire itself,” New Hanover County Fire Marshal Matt Davis said.

Progress Energy says the plant is safe despite the explosion that happened. They say during the whole incident the area surrounding the plant was not in any type of danger.

Because of what happened here, Progress Energy, OSHA, the SBI, the ATF, New Hanover County Fire Services and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office are all involved in this on-going investigation. Progress Energy says depending on what is found would determine which agency would lead the investigation.

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6 Comments on "FIRST ON 3: One person dead in explosion at Sutton Plant"

2015 years 10 months ago

The cause of the explosion and fire is due to the conversion of this coal plant over to natural gas.

2015 years 10 months ago

This is not accurate

2015 years 10 months ago

My thoughts and prayers go out to Cory and his family. After working at Progrees Energy for 25 years and was a supervisor with them. They did highly stress safety. I don’t know what really happened but with a plant shutdown and work being performed many people feel that the safety element goes away. In fact you have more challenges when working on or near equipment that you deem safe. This is a very said story. And I wish his family the best.

mike robeson
2015 years 10 months ago

As i am a close friend of the family your prayers are welcomed. His grand mother is really upset this is the second grandson she has lost in just a short time. Though he is gone he has left memories behind and for that he will never be forgotten. Rest in peace now my dear friend! May god bring peace to the ones you left behind.

2015 years 10 months ago

Thoughts and prayers to Cory’s family, friends, and co-workers. I hope the cause found and remidied in the future. I know CP&L/PE had a great safety record.

2015 years 10 months ago

All of these problems at plants have me so worried. I’m so scared for all of the people in Japan. http://www.ncnuke.com is a really good website to go to for all of the up date info on the nuclear problems in Japan, and I’m constantly checking it.


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