Fiery, Metal-Melting Explosions at NSA Data Center Stump Investigators

The mysterious conflagrations have delayed the opening of the million square foot facility by a year

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This is view of the National Security Agency new data center being built in Bluffdale, Utah, U.S., on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

The NSA’s new data-storage center in Utah has suffered a series of mysterious meltdowns in the past year.

Officials told the Wall Street Journal that 10 fiery explosions, known as arc-fault failures, have ripped apart machinery, melted metal and destroyed circuits. The repeated meltdowns have delayed the opening of the one-million square foot facility by 12 months.

Investigators have not yet determined the root cause of the electrical failures, nor have they agreed upon a solution that could prevent the explosions from happening again.

[Wall Street Journal]