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Explosion Kills Worker At Wilmington Power Plant

(WECT Photo)

(WECT Photo)

Progress Energy says an employee was killed this morning in an explosion at its Sutton Steam Electric Plant near Wilmington.

They have identified the victim as Cory Rogers, a 24-year-old technician.

The company says the blast happened during routine maintenance at the coal-fired plant just before 9:00 a.m. Progress says there was no fire and no danger to the public.

The 600-megawatt plants has three units, built in 1954, 1955 and 1972. Progress has already announced plans to replace those units with a new plant to open in 2014.

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