Bad switch causes black smoke to belch from UW stack

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by KING5.com and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on December 2, 2009 at 12:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 2 at 3:33 PM

SEATTLE – Thick black smoke pouring from a smokestack at the University of Washington on Wednesday morning  was the result of a bad switch.

University spokesman Bob Roseth said the plant alternates between oil and natural gas. When the fuel was switched to oil on Wednesday morning, there was too much oil in the area of the burner and that caused a cloud of smoke to go up the chimney.

Roseth said the plant has been switched back over to natural gas, repairs were underway and no damage or injuries were caused by the problem.

 

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