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Houston – Explosion at Watson Grinding building rocks northwest Houston

Posted on Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 8:55 am by Williams Hart    

The Watson Grinding building at 4500 Gessner exploded at 4:24 this morning. One person is missing and one is hospitalized. The explosion caused extensive damage to nearby homes and other buildings for up to a quarter of a mile. Houston police chief Art Acevedo says that debris was flung up to half a mile away from the blast as well.

KHOU shared footage of the blast captured on a home security camera, which can be seen being knocked off of its post after the massive explosion.

The exploded building is leaking polypropylene, but there are not worries of dangerous air pollution at this time. There is no mandatory evacuation, but people are advised to stay indoors and avoid the area.

Bane Elementary and Dean Middle School are closed today.

There is currently no confirmation about the explosion’s immediate cause, but the main chemical that leaked, polypropylene, is used to make plastics and quickly evaporates in air. Nevertheless, hazmat and bomb squad crews are on the scene to turn off the valves that are leaking the chemical and determine a cause of the Watson Grinding building explosion.

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