HYDROGEN EXPLOSION IN EL CAJON

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East County Wildfire and Emergency Alerts

August 29, 2018 (El Cajon) -- A fire caused by ignition of hydrogen at a filling station where a hydrogen truck was refueling has prompted evacuation of schools and delays in trolley service in El Cajon.

Heartland Fire advises the public to avoid the 1100 block of W. Bradley (near Cuyamaca) until around 1 p.m. Cuyamaca is closed from Friendship Dr to Vernon Wy & W. Bradley is closed from Cuyamaca to Johnson Ave

Metropolitan Transit Services advises, "Sycuan Green Line trains are turning at Arnele Station & Orange Line trains are turning at El Cajon Transit Center. Expect delays."

Grossmont High School District public information officer Catherine Martin posted on Twitter, "Approximately 150 students co-located in school programs at IDEA Center, Chaparral and Merit Academy are in the process of being evacuated to the gymnasium at Grossmont High School for parent reunification."

Some businesses in the vicinity have also been advised to evacuate, scanner traffic indicates.

Clarification: The hydrogen truck itself did not catch fire, however there was a flash-bang explosion of  hydrogen in the air at the filling station.  .Hydrogen is an invisible gas, prompting authorities in an abundance of caution to issue evacuations until the area can be cleared as safe.

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