A very large fire has broken out at the Bowen Power Plant northwest of Atlanta, in Eurharlee, Georgia.  Flames are generating thick, black smoke which can be seen for miles around the plant.

The Bowen Power Plant is a MAJOR plant, generating 3,499 Megawatts of electrical power.  

The plant is coal-fired, but using giant cooling towers similar to those seen at nuclear plants, so as to wash it's output and keep the air clean.

At over 3,200 megawatts, Plant Bowen is one of the largest coal-fired power plants in North America. The station is connected to the southeastern power grid by numerous 500 kV transmission lines, and is owned and operated by Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company.

Bowen's four cooling towers are 381 ft (116 m) tall and 318 ft (97 m) in diameter and can cool 1,100,000 US gallons (4,200,000 l) per minute. Another 26,000 US gallons (98,000 l) or 37 million gallons per day (MGD) of water is lost to evaporation which creates the distinctive white clouds rising from each tower.

Bowen's two smokestacks are 1,001 ft (305 m) tall. Particulates are removed from the exhaust gases through the use of electrostatic precipitators. The exhaust gases are then closely monitored to comply with air quality regulations. In addition, Jet Bubble Reactor (JBR) units have recently been constructed on all four units to meet federal clean air and ozone standards.

 Local Fire Departments are responding to the blaze.  No word yet if there are any injuries or how the blaze began.

Here is the location of the plant on a map:

 

Pictures are beginning to come in and all TV stations in Atlanta are sending news crews with video.

 

 

VIDEO

Here is video from WSB-TV in Atlanta:

 

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