Conn. Gov Declares Day of Mourning for Plant Blast Victims

By LeAnne Gendreau
|  Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010  |  Updated 12:44 PM EDT
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Conn. Gov Declares Day of Mourning for Plant Blast Victims

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The governor has declared Wednesday a day of mourning for victims of the Middletown explosion.

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Wednesday will be a day of mourning for the five people killed in the explosion at Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown on Sunday.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell had ordered that all state flags to be flown at half-staff from sunup to sundown.

Residents are asked to observe a moment of silence at 11 a.m., which is the approximate time of the tragedy.

“Connecticut’s people always come together in the face of a tragedy,” Governor Rell said. “On Wednesday let us remember the lives that were lost in this disaster and the grief of the families the workers left behind. May our thoughts and prayers offer some measure of consolation in a time of loss and infinite heartache.”

The explosion at the nearly completed power plant under construction on River Road also sent 12 people to the hospital.

An investigation is under way into what sparked the explosion, which occurred at the nearly completed 620-megawatt plant as workers purged a gas line.

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