One person still missing in gas explosion that destroyed building in Houston – National News


Joey Charpentier/Twitter(HOUSTON) — A building explosion at a manufacturing warehouse sent shock waves across northwest Houston early Friday morning

Authorities are still assessing the damage, but one person remains unaccounted for, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference.

“The family is here and we’re keeping that person in our prayers,” Acevedo said.

The force of the explosion, at around 4:30 a.m. local time, sent the building tumbling and damaged homes throughout the area.

So far, there have been no reports of hazards to air quality, according to Acevedo.

Nearby residents reported doors being blown off their hinges, baseboards blown off and storm doors shattered, according to Houston ABC station KTRK. The force of the blast rattled windows for miles around.

Multiple structures appeared to be destroyed in the blast and the explosion left an enormous pile of debris in the area between Gessner Road and Steffani Lane in Houston’s Westbranch neighborhood, according to KTRK.

The owner of the business, John Watson of Watson Grinding, says the blast was a propylene gas explosion.

Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

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