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60 Homes Damaged From Explosion At Hydrogen Fuel Plant Near Hickory

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About 60 homes were damaged from an explosion at a hydrogen fuel plant near Hickory on Tuesday, Catawba County officials said.

The explosion took place at OneH2 in the town of Long View on Tuesday morning. All employees are accounted for, and there were no injuries or fatalities, according to the county.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Air quality also is being monitored, but there has been no risk to the community.

One of the homes damaged was deemed uninhabitable by Catawba County building inspectors and City of Hickory fire inspectors. Affected homeowners have been advised to contact their home insurance company.

Jodie Valade has been a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE since 2019. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Athletic to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks — where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal — and at The Kansas City Star. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.