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Old 01-24-2020, 7:32am   #1
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Default Bill, what just went BOOM in Houston?

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islam?? probably.......
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Somebody ate too much at Taco Bell last night?
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From what I saw on the local news this morning quite a few homes in the area were effected. I did not hear or feel it in S.W. Houston.
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This was a manufacturing plant, sounds like they had a propylene gas
leak that must have ignited. No one hurt, nearby surrounding homes damaged from the shockwave of the explosion.

Doesn't sound like Muslim terror, more likely just a garden variety industrial accident. Last I heard HFD had yet to be able to stop the gas leak, but it's venting harmlessly, since it's lighter than air.


Perhaps the explosion actually self extinguished the fire by immediately consuming all the oxygen? The aerial footage clearly shows an explosion, but I saw no pics or video of fire, so it must have gone out pretty quick.
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They make industrial valves. Welding and grinding equipment. I am too far away to have felt anything, but it sure tore up some houses.
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Update:

One employee as yet unaccounted for. Hope he's OK.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/l...on-police-say/


Edit: Two confirmed dead.
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One employee as yet unaccounted for. Hope he's OK.

https://www.click2houston.com/news/l...on-police-say/
I heard that this morning and would have been really shocked if no one at all was there and it randomly went boom.
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Propylene leak stopped, HFD will let a small fire burn itself out, vs. putting water on it and potentially spreading contamination.
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I heard it this morning way out in Katy. Sad news.
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Looks like a typical street in S.F.
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Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed the deaths Friday. He said authorities don’t believe the explosion was intentional though a criminal investigation is underway.

“Do a search around your own home and your own neighborhood, even if you’re a mile away from this location,” Acevedo said. “Look for any debris, any body parts, anything that may be related. If you find anything in your immediate home, in your yard, don’t touch it. Just call the Houston Police Department so we can respond.”

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Somebody ate too much at Taco Bell last night?
I was not there. You can call home an axe my wife.
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I was at work, about 10 miles away....thought an 18 wheeler had crashed into our dock, everything shook like crazy...heard the blast too. It was very unnerving....
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Old 01-26-2020, 10:31am   #18
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Corvettes Worth $1 Million Trapped Inside Buildings Destroyed by Deadly Explosion in Houston

A Houston car restorer is anxiously awaiting a chance to visit his business, parts of which were destroyed during Friday’s deadly explosion at a separate business in the city’s northwest corner.

The early morning explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing damaged other buildings up to a half mile away and took the lives of two Watson employees.

Gordon Andrus’ restoration business, Houston Corvette Service, occupies two buildings directly across the street from Watson Grinding.

After Friday’s explosion, he told CNN that his buildings have been destroyed and he doesn’t know the condition of the cars that were undergoing restoration. What he does know is that there were about 15 cars worth about $1 million collectively inside.

Andrus wasn’t at his shop during the explosion but he described the blast as what he called a shaped charge, which focuses the force of an explosive.

“The charge blasted across the street, right over our buildings and then on into the neighborhoods where you’ve heard about all the houses that have been damaged,” Andrus said. “The rest of street had very minor damage but my two buildings are flattened.”

“I don’t think they’re [the cars] destroyed but the buildings will have to be torn down,” he said. “So the question is, what do I have to do to shore the building up enough to get them cars out of there and what’s it going to take to repair the cars?”

Andrus’ 25-year-old business occupies four buildings in total, only two of which were destroyed. Two buildings further down the street are for paint and body work, and they are still intact.

He hopes to recover his computer, account records and payroll information. Since the explosion, he hasn’t had access to any of it because authorities are still investigating the area.

“Then I can pay my guys, start getting things organized,” he said. “As soon as I get in there, we’re gonna move the operations to my paint shop.”

Andrus has contacted all of the affected customers. He owns a few cars that are trapped inside, as well, but he said he isn’t concerned about them right now.

“Every car is insured, and we’re in the business of repairing and restoring cars,” he said. “We will make it right one way or another.”

An investigation into what caused the blast is underway and may take months, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. In addition to destroying buildings and killing two, the explosion left some residents temporarily displaced.

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