Houston Industrial Explosion Kills 2, Damages 200+ HomesFebruary 7, 2020
A massive industrial explosion has left part of northwest Houston in ruins, killing two, injuring nearly 20, and damaging more than 200 homes.
The blast occurred around 4:24 a.m. on Friday, January 24th at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing (4500 Gessner). It shot huge plumes of flames and smoke into the air and leveled the facility.
The explosion also forced nearby homes off their foundations, flung debris up to two miles away, and sent shock waves that could be felt more than 30 miles away. Some have described the wreckage left behind as a warzone.
Now, local and federal investigators are looking for answers.
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Who Has Been Hurt & Impacted by the Recent Houston Explosion
What Caused the Blast in Houston?
A team of specialists may soon have the answer to this question. Explosive specialists, certified fire investigators, and forensic chemists are just part of the National Response Team sent out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF).
These specialists have joined local investigators from the Houston Police Department (HPD) and the Houston Fire Department (HFD).
While authorities have released few details about how this horrific industrial explosion occurred, here’s what we know so far:
- Chemical valves were shut off, and the contained fire was allowed to burn off.
- Water was not used to put out the fire to avoid generating harmful runoff, according to HFD.
- There’s no evidence of terrorism, according to HPD.
- HFD investigators have a “good idea” of where the explosion started, but they have not disclosed it.
- The debris collection effort in and around the blast area is expected to take several days.
- The blast did not release any toxins into the air, and the air around the blast zone is not dangerous, according to the HFD.
As the investigation continues, authorities are asking the public to:
- Check on loved ones who live in the area. Contact the Houston Police Department if you’re unable to get ahold of your loved ones.
- Keep a lookout for debris in the area. Police warned that debris could include “body parts.”
- Avoid touching any questionable debris. Call police instead.
What Should I Do If I Was Hurt or My Home Was Damaged in the Explosion?
Find out more about your recovery options by contacting the Amaro Law Firm. We’re looking into whether this accident could have been prevented, and we’re here to provide answers and help.
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