Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Fiery building explosion rattles northwest Houston

Fiery building explosion rattles northwest Houston

Click 2 Houston reported that an employee remains missing.

ABC's local affiliate KTRK said residents had reported broken windows and doors from the blast and said at least one person had been seen with injuries.

The explosion shook other buildings about 4:30 am (local time), with reports on Twitter of a boom felt across the city.

Jeff Linder, a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District, tweeted shortly after the explosion that the rattling was gauged by radars of the area. "No evacuation order has been given at this time".

Houston firefighters and their hazmat team responded to the incident and put out the resulting fire.

Authorities say the blast could be heard and felt miles away. Patrol units blocking off streets in the area.

At least one person has been transported to the hospital following a massive explosion in a northwest Houston suburb, the Houston Fire Department reports.

Residents have been advised to avoid the area as law enforcement works the scene.

"This is still an active scene", Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peũa posted on Twitter.

It's not immediately clear what caused the explosion, and no one was initially made to evacuate.

A resident captured the explosion on a widely shared doorbell video, which you can see above. It busted out every window in our house.

Around 4:27amCT this morning, an explosion on Houston's northwest side, ~15 miles to my northwest, woke me up because it sounded like a person jumped on my roof & scurried away.

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Aerial video showed the shredded and collapsed wreckage of the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing building smoldering but no longer flaming, along with widespread damage to area homes and businesses from the force of the blast.

Radar images show the explosion.

Mark Brady, who lives about a half-mile from the manufacturing business, told CNN affiliate KPRC the blast "knocked us all out of our bed".

"Until further notice avoid inhalation exposure out of over abundance [of] caution", he wrote later.

"Was there an explosion in Houston?"

Two schools in the area are closed for the day.

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