Pristina: An explosion occurred at Kosovo`s second biggest coal-fired power station outside the capital Pristina on Friday and police said some people had been hurt, possibly killed.
The blast at the Yugoslav-era 345 Megawatt (MW) Kosovo A plant was heard in the capital some 10 km (6 miles) away, a Reuters reporter said.
Confirming the explosion, a police spokesman said: "According to preliminary information, there are injured people, but there may also be dead. This has to be confirmed."
Kosovo A and the larger Kosovo B plant account for 90 percent of electricity generation in the Balkan country, which still suffers from blackouts 15 years since breaking free from Serbia in a 1998-99 war during the collapse of federal Yugoslavia.
Some 40 years old, Kosovo A is considered one of the worst polluters in Europe. There are plans to shut down the plant in the next several years as part of an effort to upgrade Kosovo`s creaking energy system.