Houston News : Doorbell camera video captures moment of intense explosion in west Houston

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An intense explosion that could be felt for miles erupted in west Houston around 4:30 a.m Friday morning.

An intense explosion that could be felt for miles erupted in west Houston around 4:30 a.m Friday morning.

Photo: Twitter, Joey Charpentier

Photo: Twitter, Joey Charpentier

An intense explosion that could be felt for miles erupted in west Houston around 4:30 a.m Friday morning.

An intense explosion that could be felt for miles erupted in west Houston around 4:30 a.m Friday morning.

Photo: Twitter, Joey Charpentier

Doorbell camera video captures moment of intense explosion in west Houston

An intense explosion that could be felt for miles erupted in west Houston around 4:15 a.m Friday morning.

One West Houston resident’s home security video captured the moments of the blast.  The video shows a quick flash of light illuminating the sky, right before fire erupts in the distance.  The explosion occurred at the Watson Grinding warehouse near 4525 Gessner.

The thunderous blast abruptly awakened West Houston residents right after 4:15 a.m., damaging several homes, even tearing doors off hinges. HFD officials said an additional 18 people had “self-reported” to local emergency rooms because of problems breathing, cuts or other injuries.

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The owner of Watson Grinding informed authorities that it was a propylene gas explosion.  There are two confirmed fatalities, according to Houston police chief Art Acevedo. One worker is missing, and one resident is hospitalized following the explosion.

A hazardous materials team was on site investigating a chemical explosion. Watson Grinding was fined about $8,000 in 2013 for violations related to the control of hazardous energy and wiring problems, records show. It was inspected again in 2015 and no violations were found.

There has been significant structural damage and there are fatalities, possibly 3, but this remain an active investigation and we will keep the public updated with additional information. st

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Source : chron.com