An early morning explosion that rocked a Texas city was so big it appeared on weather radar, officials say.
The blast shook northwest Houston at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, KHOU reports.
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A doorbell camera caught the dramatic moment a bright flash burst through the night sky, according to video posted to Twitter.
The Houston Fire Department says one person was taken from the area of the explosion to a nearby hospital. Officials confirmed at least one other injury to KTRK.
HFD Hazmat responding to the area near 4500 block of Gessner. Firefighters responding to reports of an explosion. One person has been transported to the hospital from that area. @FireChiefofHFD
— Houston Fire Dept (@HoustonFire) January 24, 2020
The explosion started in a tank of flammable gas at Watson Grinding & Manufacturing, the station reports.
The boom was felt miles away, and it even showed up on weather radar, according to a Twitter post from meteorologist Mike Iscovitz with KRIV.
In all my years, I’ve never seen this on our local radar. A giant explosion occurred just before 4:30am this morning in Northwest Houston and was felt more than 20 miles away. Radar clearly shows this brief FLASH of reflectivity from NW Houston. #explosion #Houston #Radar pic.twitter.com/6XJ5Wa5P0K
— Mike Iscovitz (@Fox26Mike) January 24, 2020
Radar video from Jeff Lindner of the Harris County Flood Control District confirms the surge in activity around the time of the explosion.
This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.
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