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New York State Troopers stand at the main entrance of the Indian Point nuclear power plant Saturday May 9, 2015, after a transformer failed at New York's Indian Point 3 nuclear power plant, causing a fire that has been extinguished in Buchanan, N.Y. A spokesman for Entergy says the unit has shut down automatically and is safe and stable. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)[/caption]
A nuclear power reactor near New York was shut down on Saturday after a transformer fire. Officials said the plant was stable and there was no threat to area residents. The plant is located 40 miles to the north of New York City.
People in the area reported an explosion and smoke coming from the plant at Buchanan in New York state. The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said that the fire had been quickly extinguished.
Entergy Corp, the company that operates the facility, also said the plant was stable and there was no danger to the public or to employees.
Several emergency calls earlier reported a loud noise at the plant, which is located on the east bank of the Hudson River, a New York State police said.
The transformer fire which triggered the closure of the plant's Unit 3 reactor was extinguished with no damage to the unit. However, there was no information yet as to what caused the transformer failure.
(With Agency Inputs)