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.

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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.

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