Located on the border of Nevada and Arizona, the Hoover Dam is known as an engineering marvel that attracts thousands of tourists every year.
However, some of those tourists witnessed a hair-raising scene on Tuesday as a massive fireball erupted near the structure.
According to Fox News, the inferno was captured on video by a woman named Kristy Hairston who had come to the dam as part of a tour.
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Fire said to have burned for roughly half an hour
A woman’s voice can be heard exclaiming, “My goodness, something’s just blown up!” Meanwhile, a male voice reiterates that something significant has happened.
Fox News noted the Hoover Dam is overseen by the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency that is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
It stated that the fire started in a transformer and burned for roughly half an hour before being successfully extinguished by federal personnel.
Michelle Helms serves as a spokesperson for the Bureau of Reclamation, and she told Fox News Digital that no one was harmed as a result of the explosion.
“There are no injuries to visitors or employees,” Helms was quoted as saying. “There is no risk to the power grid and power is still being generated from the powerhouse.”
Helms added that her agency is “investigating the cause of the fire and will provide additional updates as they are available.”
The Hoover Dam is “a world-renowned structure” that was built in under five years
The Bureau of Reclamation’s website explains that the dam was named in honor of President Herbert Hoover and that construction began on it in 1930.
It calls the project “a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River.”
“It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure,” the website reads.