LARGE EXPLOSION IN NORTHWEST HOUSTON DAMAGES HOMES, BUILDINGS

  

Update #2 @ 10 a.m.: Two fatalities and one missing person have been reported after a massive explosion early this (Friday) morning in northwest Houston that damaged several homes and buildings.

The explosion was reported shortly before 4:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Gessner Road.  The origin of the explosion is reported to be at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, a machining and manufacturing company.

The owner of the facility told Houston media outlets the explosion came from a tank of propylene, an extremely flammable gas.  Houston police do not believe the explosion to have been caused intentionally.

Nearly every house in the area suffered major damage, including blown-out windows and busted garage doors, roofs, and walls.  Authorities reported some homes were blown off their foundations, and entire structures were destroyed.

According to the Houston Fire Department, one person was taken to the hospital from the area.

While there are no evacuation orders in place, authorities are cautioning the public to avoid the area.  Shelters have been set up in the area for those forced out of their homes.

 

Original Story @ 6:47 a.m.: Harris County authorities are investigating a massive explosion in northwest Houston that damaged several homes and buildings early this (Friday) morning.

The explosion was reported shortly before 4:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of Gessner Road.  The origin of the explosion is reported to be at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, a machining and manufacturing company.

The owner of the facility told Houston media outlets the explosion came from a tank of propylene, an extremely flammable gas.

Nearly every house in the area suffered major damage, including blown-out windows and busted garage doors, roofs, and walls.

Update @ 8 a.m.: According to the Houston Fire Department, one person was taken to the hospital from the area.  Authorities say one employee is unaccounted for.

While there are no evacuation orders in place, authorities are cautioning the public to avoid the area.

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