Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Massive explosion rips through Houston building, shock waves felt across city

Massive explosion rips through Houston building, shock waves felt across city

The blast shook northwest Houston at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, KHOU reports.

KTRK, the local ABC affiliate, said the blast appeared to have originated at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, a machining and manufacturing company.

According to KTRK, the owner of the facility confirmed the explosion had been tied to a propylene tank, which holds a form of extremely flammable gas.

A massive explosion ripped through a building in Houston, Texas early on Friday, shattering windows in the vicinity and heard by residents across a wide area, police and media said.

The Houston Fire Department says one person was taken from the area of the explosion to a nearby hospital.

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It's not clear what exactly happened but fire and a large debris pile can be seen in the area between Gessner and Steffani Lane in the Westbranch neighborhood.

Police described the incident as a "building explosion" and warned all traffic to avoid the area in the northwest of the city. It busted out every window in our house. Chief Samuel Peña added, "This is still an active scene. It busted everybody's garage door in around here ... and closer toward the explosion over here, it busted people's roofs in and walls in". "We will advise of the possible cause of the explosion as soon as we have concrete info".

The source of the suspected blast, which sprayed debris across half a mile, remains unclear.

The boom was felt miles away, and it even showed up on weather radar, according to a Twitter post from meteorologist Mike Iscovitz with KRIV.

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