An explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing in Houston this morning has left two people dead and another injured. The blast, which occurred around 4:15 a.m., involved a 2,000-gallon tank of propylene, an extremely flammable gas, which has since been secured by a HazMat team.
Residents in the neighborhood told local media that the force of the explosion knocked them out of their beds. As many as 200 houses have been damaged, some of them knocked off of their foundations. Debris has been scattered as far as a 1/4 mile from the blast site near the corner of Gessner and Clay Roads. Fire officials urge residents who find debris not to handle it and to contact authorities.
A large perimeter has been established around the site, blocking traffic in the area. Bane Elementary School and Dean Middle School are closed today due to restricted access to the neighborhood.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 4703 Shadowdale Drive, has volunteered to serve as a shelter for displaced citizens.
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