Blast at Hydrogen Plant in NC Damages 60 Homes

April 7, 2020

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Blast at Hydrogen Plant in NC Damages 60 Homes
An explosion damaged a hydrogen plant in North Carolina on Tuesday. Image courtesy of Pixabay

60 homes were damaged in an explosion Tuesday at the OneH2 hydrogen fuel plant in Long View, NC, Catawba County officials said in a press release. No injuries were reported during the blast. 

The local fire department said that the explosion occurred at about 8:30 a.m. at the 23rd Street facility, according to coverage by the Charlotte Observer. Officials told the newspaper that the explosion possibly happened near the rear exterior of the structure. 

42 workers who were inside the plant evacuated during the incident, television news station WSOC reported. A reporter for the station observed that the facility’s back wall was blown out by the blast. 

“Approximately 60 surrounding homes sustained mostly minor damage from the explosion, and they have all been inspected by Catawba County building inspectors and City of Hickory fire inspectors,” Catawba County officials said in a statement. “Only one home has been deemed uninhabitable.”

OneH2 produces, distributes and markets hydrogen fuel for use in vehicles like forklifts and heavy trucks. 

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