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Last updated 9:06PM ET
July 19, 2018
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Explosion at southeast Ohio electric plant kills 1, injures 9
(WOUB) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused an explosion that killed one worker and injured nine others yesterday at a coal-burning power plant in southeast Ohio.

The explosion killed a truck driver delivering pressurized hydrogen. Officials say the blast occurred just outside American Electric Power's Muskingum River Plant in Beverly as the driver was unloading hydrogen into cylinders.

Although hydrogen gas is highly explosive, it is used to cool steam generators at the plant because it has a high capacity for heat and it is more efficient than using air.

Plant worker Drumand McLaughlin says he heard an explosion and that's the last thing he remembers. McLaughlin, from Caldwell in southeast Ohio, suffered a wrenched shoulder and back.

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