Hydrogen Blast Investigation

Thursday, September 22, 2011 @ 05:09 PM gHale


No one suffered injuries when 50 workers evacuated a Falls, PA, company after an accidental hydrogen explosion Tuesday.

The explosion and subsequent fire occurred at 3:40 p.m. at GTS off Steel Road when a worker was moving a hydrogen cylinder, said Falls Fire Co. Chief Mike McClellan.

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“An employee was working near a bank of hydrogen tanks, which includes between six and nine tanks. One of the connections got hung up and there was an explosion,” the chief said.

“We had numerous calls of an explosion and fire so I upgraded the call right away to bring more apparatus,” he added.

McClellan said hydrogen burns so hot the flames are invisible.

Firefighters worked with GTS’s fire brigade and quickly extinguished the flames after finding them with a heat-sensing camera.

“Everybody worked very well together and got the situation quickly under control,” the chief said.



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