A massive industrial explosion has been reported in northwest Houston early Friday killing two people, left a business in ruins, knocked homes off their foundations and sent debris flying for about half a mile.
The blast occurred at a building belonging to Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which provides industrial services such as thermal spray coatings, could be felt more than 30 miles away, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference.
According to the Houston Police chief – Acevedo, “It is not clear whether the victims were employees. He said police have opened a criminal investigation into the incident, though they currently have no reason to think that the explosion was intentional. Friday’s incident is just the latest in a string of industrial explosions in Texas’ Gulf Coast region, which houses numerous chemical facilities.
It’s not yet clear what caused the explosion, which jolted the area at about 4:30 a.m. local time.
One resident told the local news station that her roof of her home collapsed. “The whole house is ruined, she said. The whole ceiling crashed down on all of us. We were all trapped in there and a nice family came and helped up out. … It’s just trashed.”
Investigation is ongoing!!!
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