TX Gas Plant Explosion

Thursday, September 24, 2015 @ 04:09 PM gHale

A fiery explosion shook a WTG Benedum Joint Ventures gas plant in Upton County, TX, early Tuesday morning, officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies, Highway Patrol, firefighters and emergency medical personnel got the call at 12:05 a.m., according to Upton County Sheriff Dan Brown.

Corn Dryer Blast Injures 2 in WI
Foul Play Suspected in IL Oil Plant Blast
Taser Factory Workers Hurt in Blast
Explosions Rock Oil Facility

There were no injuries in the blast, Brown said and officials had flames under control by 3:30 a.m.

“The motors inside started whining really loud and the flames intensified [seconds before the explosion],” said Adrian Ortiz who witnessed the explosion and ensuing fire. “It was just a few flames and an orange glow when I first pulled over and started recording… I knew something was going to happen. I just didn’t know when. And that’s when it just blew up.”

Ortiz said he could feel the heat of the flames from nearly half a mile away.

The cause of the fire and subsequent explosion remain unclear, Brown said. WTG Benedum Joint Ventures representatives were not immediately available for comment.