Houston building explosion shakes city, scatters debris

Houston building explosion shakes city, scatters debris

Houston building explosion shakes city, scatters debris

It heavily damaged nearby buildings and homes, left rubble scattered in the area and was felt miles away.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said a multi-agency arson investigation has been launched. The two had arrived at their workplace early and were using its fitness gym when the blast happened, Mayor Sylvester Turner said. "We've started a grid search for evidence".

It is protocol to conduct an investigation and it will look into whether all regulations had been properly followed prior to the explosion, according to Acevedo.

"It's going to take days, if not weeks or months, to get a final determination of what's going on here".

People in the area felt buildings shake when the explosion happen, CNN affiliate KPRC reported.

The moment of the explosion was caught on video by a doorbell surveillance camera, which shows a bright ball of fire light up the sky.

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

The Houston Fire Department said one person was taken to a hospital because of the blast.

Updates on the incident will be provided as authorities continue to assess the damage.

Debris flew a half-mile from the explosion site, Acevedo tweeted.

Residents in the area have reported damage to their homes, including broken windows and doors, KTRK reported.

"I thought maybe the house had gotten hit by lightning". Several homes were knocked off of their foundations by the blast.

He said: "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. No evacuation orders have been given, the fire department said.

Authorities believed there were no other fatalities but another 20 people were injured, two other warehouse workers and 18 others from neighboring homes and businesses, Turner said. He urged his followers to "please stay away from the area so emergency responders can secure & help people from surrounding neighborhoods". We've heard from parents nearby that Dean Middle School and Bane Elementary are closed today as a result of the explosion.

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