Two people suffered minor injuries after the blast at the coal-fired power station, according to Georgia Power.
Johnny Mitchell says the blast was so strong that it blew over the flower pots outside his barbeque restaurant, which is located two miles away from the power plant.
"It shook the entire building. The whole building just rattled -- you felt the pressure inside of the rattling," Mitchell said. "The first thing I thought of, I said, ‘Oh my God, I hope nothing happened at the plant. Then of course we found out a few minutes later something had happened."
The Moore family within site of the plant and were in the yard when they felt the explosion.
"I was really scared. I felt like I was about to have a heart attack," Cameron Moore.