#UPDATE| HOUSTON (AP)| 12:30pm – Two people are confirmed dead after a massive explosion at a Houston industrial company.
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says authorities don’t believe Friday morning’s explosion was intentional though a criminal investigation is underway.
Acevedo asked residents who live nearby to search their homes and neighborhoods for any debris – including body parts – and to contact police if they find anything that could aid in the investigation.
The explosion happened about 4:30 a.m. inside a building at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which makes valves and provides thermal-spray coatings for equipment in various industries.
HOUSTON (AP/WBTW) — A large explosion at an apparent industrial building in Houston early Friday was felt for miles (kilometers) away, left rubble scattered in the area and damaged nearby homes.
The Houston Fire Department said one person was taken to a hospital because of the blast.
The explosion shook other buildings about 4:30 a.m., with reports on Twitter of a boom felt across the city. A fire burned following the explosion smoke was seen hanging over the area.
The explosion appeared to be centered on an industrial building and some nearby homes were damaged.
Houston police tweeted that they were responding and officers were blocking off streets in the area.
Joey Charpentier shared video of the explosion from a home surveillance camera mounted on a window to Twitter on Friday morning.
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