An explosion at a hydrogen and gas facility in Long View, North Carolina, damaged nearby 60 homes nearby Tuesday morning.
At least one home was certified as uninhabitable after an inspection by building and fire inspectors, the Hickory Fire Department reports via Facebook. Damage to the other homes involved was judged to be minor.
At about 8:30 a.m., an explosion rocked the OneH2 Inc facility, the Hickory Fire Department reports via Facebook. Firefighter arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing at the rear of the main structure.
The explosion was sufficient to knock a hole through a side wall of the brick building.
The company was able to account for all 44 of its employees, although it remains uncertain how many were at the facility when the blast happened.
None of the residents in damaged homes were reported as injured. Residents were asked to stay in their homes until air quality could be monitored.
The company delivers hydrogen converted to high-pressure gas for immediate use as a fuel.