Texas explosion: Houston area evacuated as ‘debris falls from sky’ - blast heard for miles

Houston Police have reported an explosion of a building, believed to belong to Watson Grinding, in Gessner in the north west part of the city, which occurred at around 4:30am this morning local time. They tweeted: “Explosion of building: 4500 Gessner. Patrol units blocking off streets in the area. HFD responding.” The big bang has been heard across Houston in the USA with people being woken up terrified as their houses trembled. The area is believed to be under evacuation with the police forcing people back.

Locals have taken to social media to express their terror at the explosion and have reported their homes shaking.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management tweeted: “Building Explosion at 4500 Gessner. ALL TRAFFIC avoid zone between Gessner, Genard, Sefani & Clay Rd. Harris County Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation in NW Houston.”

One social media user said: “Hello all - police on the scene confirming to me there has been an explosion - right now they are pushing folks back further from the source because there’s fears there may be another explosion”.

One Twitter user said: “I live in Cinco Ranch/Katy and I was woken up a little before 4:30 just now. My whole house shook.

“Felt like it came from north east. Thought it was thunder at first so I turned on the news. Now reading about explosion near Gessner. That’s pretty far. Updates? #hounews”

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Houston explosion: Texas city rocked by blast heard for miles (Image: EXPRESS)

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The Gessner explosion could be heard across the city of Houston as locals were woken up (Image: ABC13)

Another said” “Big explosion (?) in Houston startled me out of bed 10 mins ago. Wtf was that?

“We thought someone crashed into ourbuilding but it apparently happened around 8 miles from where we are? Crazy we felt that!”

Meteorologist Mike Iscovitz tweeted: “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.”

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One social media user said: “There was an explosion in Houston right by my apt and my window busted. It was the loudest noise I’ve ever heard, I’m terrified.”

One Twitter user said: “Traffic is blocked by police at Gessner and Clay.

“Debris is falling from sky according to police scanner.”

“There has been an explosion at a manufacturing facility on Gessner.

“The boom woke me up.”

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Houston police are restricting access to the Gessner area in the Texas state (Image: ABC13)

Harris County Sheriff, Ed Gonzalez, tweeted: “Around 4:15am, reports of an explosion began coming into our @HCSOTexas dispatch center.

"We learned that there was an explosion-type event at a business located at the 4500 blk of Gessner Rd”.

Locals are wondering what could have been in the building to have caused such a big explosion.

One social media user said: "Seriously what the hell was in that building that produced an explosion heard all around for like 300 sq miles??"

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Houston Explosion: Emergency services have been on the scene (Image: ABC13)

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The Houston explosion happened in Gessner, north west Houston in Texas (Image: GOOGLEMAPS)

One Twitter user said:"I woke up to a loud boom or explosion sound here in Houston Texas. It woke up my entire family and my dad woke up living somewhere else in Houston." 

The incident has occurred in Katy, a city to the west of Houston.

Amanda De La Cruz tweeted: "I’m a pretty heavy sleeper but this explosion woke me and my dog straight up.

"I live in the spring branch area and my house and windows shook. At first I thought it was thunder the looked at the radar and nothing. What’s really going on?"

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