Two people were died due to the explosion at a northwest Houston manufacturing business that rocked Watson Grinding and manufacturing. On Friday, January 24, 2020, at around 4:15 a.m. The explosion shook much of the city, shock waves were experienced and buildings were damaged heavily much farther.
What was the cause of the explosion?
The reason for the explosion is saying to be propylene Gas because Propylene gas tanks were on the site. And fire but the exact reason for the explosion is unknown and the investigation into what caused the explosion. Is in the process and it may take months.
How much did Explosion Affect?
According to police two employees of the company died in the explosion, 214 homes were damaged, 50 houses were destroyed and shock waves were experienced mile away from the explosion site.
The two men who died in the explosion were Frank Flores and Gerardo Castorena. Besides those killed, the fire department took two people to the hospital, and 18 people went to the hospital on their own. None of the injuries were life-threatening according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Many more lives could have been lost if the blast had happened two hours later when more employees would have been in the building.
What about people whose homes were damaged?
The city is working with various agencies and organizations to help move people into temporary housing. A church in the area serves as a temporary shelter for the peoples whose homes were got damaged.
The fire department tweeted Friday afternoon that 48 people were being sheltered there and the red cross set up an overnight shelter at another church.