Explosion in Rochester

Rochester International Airport

Two people were injured when a hydrogen tank at the Monroe County refueling station near the Rochester International Airport exploded and burned, according to the officials’ report.

“We are very fortunate. This could have been a lot worse.” – said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.

Two separate explosions from Monroe County hydrogen fuel tanks just after 1 p.m. on Thursday have caused a fire on Scottsville Road near the Rochester International Airport.

A 34 year old truck driver who works for the fueling company suffered second degree burns on his hands and face, and is reported to be in stable condition.

The hydrogen pumps dispense B-20 biodiesel fuel, as well as several grades of ethanol fuel.

Scottsville Road, Brooks Avenue and Paul Road are shut down near the airport.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but Brooks says there’s no indication it was anything other than an accident.

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