Fiery building explosion shakes Northwest Houston

Elias Hubbard
January 24, 2020

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 explosion occurred at 4:18 a.m. local time, KTRK reports.

Houston police tweeted that they were responding to the explosion and officers were blocking off streets in the area.

Details about what caused the explosion weren't immediately available.

At least one person was taken to a hospital as a result of the explosion, the city fire department said.

Authorities say one person is missing following a large explosion at an apparent industrial building in Houston. At one man's home about 1/4 mile (0.4 kilometers) away, glass doors were shattered, ceilings were cracked, and the lid of his toilet was even torn off, the station reported.

"I thought maybe the house had gotten hit by lightning". The facility owner told KTRK that a propylene tank was believed to have exploded. "No one can figure out what happened". The force of the blast rattled windows for miles around. "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". Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said first responders were checking on residents of nearby homes.

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