LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The noise many residents in Lufkin and the surrounding area are hearing is coming from maintenance work being done at the Aspen Power plant.
A Lufkin police officer in the area said they were having to release valves for steam as a safety precaution, which created a jet-like sound which could be heard for miles. Lufkin Fire Marshal Steve McCool said several residents reported hearing the loud commotion.
"Some people were concerned that it may have been a tornado and other were concerned that it may have been an explosion of some kind or even some gas being released," said McCool
In a statement released by Aspen plants parent NRG stated:"This morning, a faulty sensor caused the Aspen power plant turbine to shut down, and a safety relief valve to release steam, causing a series of loud noises," said David Knox, a spokesman for NR GEnergy "The valve operated as designed, plant personnel operated the plant safely, and there is no danger to the public."
Knox said employees at the Aspen power plant have fixed the sensor and are in the process of re-starting the plant.