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2 fined for Calif. plant implosion that injured 5

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- The state has fined two companies that worked as subcontractors on the implosion of a central California power plant whose shrapnel flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators and injured five people.

The Bakersfield Californian and KBAK radio report Monday that the California Department of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, fined Wyoming-based Demtech $14,000 and California's Alpha Explosives $14,400 for the same “serious” violations in the August demolition of the Pacific Gas & Electric plant.

Cal-OSHA says the companies failed to properly evaluate the dangers of the demolition including the type of dynamite used and the size of the blast area.

Representatives from the cited companies could not be immediately reached for comment.

No action is planned against property owner PG&E or primary contractor Cleveland Wrecking Co.

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