Power has been restored to Gibraltar following an explosion and subsequent fire at the Waterport power station Sunday. The British-held territory suffered major power outages following an explosion due to an unspecified mechanical failure at one of the station’s generators.
The fire was reported to have started just after 2 pm local time. Emergency crews were on the scene quickly and announced the blaze was successfully extinguished just after 4 pm. Residents in the area were advised by police to keep their windows closed to avoid exposure to the heavy black smoke emanating from the plant. (See raw footage of the smoke below)
All plant personnel were evacuated safely and no injuries were reported.
The incident resulted in an extended blackout lasting approximately 7 hours for most residents and businesses. Among those affected were several majoronline gambling firms key to Gibraltar’s economy on what was an important sporting day. Online gambling is an enormous capital source for the peninsula territory, with the industry providing jobs for around 2,500 of Gibraltar's 30,000 residents, according to The Local.
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