Worker Dies in Blast at TX Oil Facility

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 05:01 PM gHale

A Texas man died in an explosion last Monday at a West Texas oil and gas services facility.

Julian Gallardo, 23, an employee at Water Rescue Services, died in a blast while he was mixing unspecified chemicals.

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Fort Worth-based Water Rescue Services provides the energy industry with water treatment technology for brackish and produced water.

The explosion occurred Monday morning at a site owned by Water Rescue Services just west of Midland, according to one published report.

The building where the explosion occurred ended up completely destroyed, along with two recreational vehicles and three other vehicles, officials said.

Nearby residents said several smaller explosions followed the blast.

There were no other injuries but some nearby RVs ended up evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Investigators are looking into whether the blast ended up triggered by a spark or a chemical reaction.