The Tattler On Site
AC Transit's heralded green technology hydrogen fueling station experienced a massive leak this morning, forcing evacuations and shut downs of Emery High School and local businesses including Pixar. The leak occurred at the hydrogen fueling station for the new AC Transit fuel cell buses.
The hydrogen station also has a public fueling area on 45th Street for public use.
At 8:00 AM, a loud rushing sound was audible coming from behind the public fueling area on 45th Street where the large hydrogen tanks are located in the AC Transit bus yard. No flames were visible but a large cloud of combustible gas was clearly visible rising over 45th Street.
Emery High School is evacuated and Anna Yates Elementary School is placed under "shelter in place" mode. Many parents rushed to the elementary school to remove their children but the school will remain open today. San Pablo Avenue is closed from 40th Street to 53rd Street and the Promenade retail shops including I-Hop and Arizmendi Bakery have been closed.
No injuries have been reported.
The fueling station was completed last August with much fanfare from the city of Emeryville. The Emeryville public hydrogen fueling station is one of a handful of such stations in the Bay Area built to meet an expected demand for the clean burning fuel from newly emerging privately owned hydrogen fuel cell automobiles.