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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."

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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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