In the middle of the night, an explosion occurred in a Frankfurt combined heat and power plant. Around 00:50 a.m. on Tuesday night, a water vapor pipe burst, police said. A cloud of water vapor then rose. But there was no fire. The water vapor explosion had damaged a building façade, and debris flew around, including on the nearby railway tracks.

Falk Heunemann

Business editor at the Rhein-Main-Zeitung.

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When the first emergency services arrived, they advised the surrounding residents to keep their windows and doors closed. Since the effects on the track area of the Main-Neckar Bridge were unclear at the beginning, the railway stopped traffic in this area. The police gave the all-clear in the course of the operation via loudspeaker announcements. No one was injured in the incident, and no information can currently be given on property damage.

According to Mainova, the West combined heat and power plant is the company's largest power plant. Electricity and heat for homes and businesses are generated there. Hard coal and natural gas are burned. In the medium term, it is to be converted to hydrogen operation.