The exploded hydrogen refulling station in Sandvika, Norway.
13 Jun 2019

Hydrogen refuelling plant explodes in Norway

A hydrogen refueling station exploded and caught fire in Sandvika, Norway on June 10. According to reports from the Uno-X station, the explosion was very powerful. It triggered airbags in nearby cars and caused closures to  the busy E18 and E16 intersection. A safety zone of 500 meters was recommended by the fire service.

"It is probably a tank that has exploded at the hydrogen station next to the police station at Kjorbo," The Fire Services customs the local newspaper Budstikka. "

There are no reports about direct injuries from the explosion, but some reports say two people were sent to the emergency room because of injuries sustained from airbags in their cars.

"E18 near the site is closed for both directions due to the danger of explosion. The E16 at the Bjornegarden tunnel in Barum is closed for the same reason," The Road Traffic Central tweeted.

The situation started to normalize at 22 o'clock:

"E18 is now open again and the fire service will have good control of the four, they write on Twitter at 22 o'clock."

The situation started to normalize at 22 o'clock:

The cause of the explosion is not yet known as it needs to be investigated.

The gas franchise Uno-X closed its two other stations with hydrogen in Norway, while carmakers - Toyota and Hyundai - temporarily stopped sales of FCVs .