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Explosive noise from Cogentrix fire traveled far

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Raw natural gas ignited Thursday night in a steam generator at Cogentrix energy plant in Cottage Grove, causing residents as far away as Woodbury to hear and feel the loud "boom."

The noise came at about 10 p.m., police said.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred in the Heat Recovery Steam Generator, said plant manager Kent Ripplinger.

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