UPDATE (9:45 A.M.) – Houston police chief Art Acevedo said during an update that two people were killed in an early morning explosion that devastated a neighborhood. One person remains missing.
There is no evidence that it was an intentional act, according to officials at the scene.
A neighbor said in an interview with KPRC that her entire house came crashing down in the middle of the night.
“The whole house is ruined,” Kim said. “The whole ceiling crashed down on all of us. We were all trapped in there and a nice family came and helped us out. It’s trashed. It’s just trashed.”Kim
Firefighters also said that there is major property damage in the area and that they have sealed off access to some roads.
The chemical polypropylene was released into the air by the explosion. Air quality measures have been monitored and officials say that there is no threat to the public at this time.
HOUSTON (KETK) – A massive explosion in Houston early Friday morning has devastated a neighborhood.
According to our NBC affiliate KPRC, the explosion happened just after 4:20 a.m. and that nearly every home in the area had extensive damage to their homes.
A video of the explosion was captured on a window camera by a neighbor, who was not injured in the explosion.
The neighborhood is located in Northwest Houston, just east of the Sam Houston Tollway.
In an interview with KPRC, one resident described the explosion as a “warzone.”
“It busted out every window in our house. It busted everybody’s garage door in around here … and closer toward the explosion over here, it busted people’s roofs in and walls in and we don’t know what it is … It’s a warzone over here.”Mark Brady
The Houston Fire Department said that there was one person taken to a local hospital. It is still also unknown what caused the blast. Many streets in the area have been blocked off as a precaution.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as we learn more details.