Firefighters investigate black smoke pouring from Queens power plant

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jun 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-24 18:11:57-04

Smoke rises Monday afternoon from the TransCanada smokestacks in Long Island City.

ASTORIA, NY (PIX11) – Firefighters are investigated suspicious smoke emanating from a Queens power plant Monday afternoon.

Thick black smoke — instead of the normal white — began rising from the four TransCanada smoke stacks in a large cloud around 4:30 p.m. near Vernon Blvd. and 37th St.

According to a TransCanada spokesman, one of the eight boiler combustion fans failed, causing dark smoke to build up.

“There is no risk to human health and our personnel are investigating what took place,” said spokesman Grady Semmens.  “Until we can determine what caused the fan to stop and safely make repairs, this individual unit will be operating under a limited load.”

Semmens added that the plant has “the ability to deliver additional power from our reserve units on site” to NYC-area customers won’t be affected.