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Massive explosion rips through Houston: Factory blast ‘felt for miles’ and ‘boom’ heard across city

Massive explosion rips through Houston: Factory blast is ‘felt for miles’ and ‘boom’ heard across city

  • Houston Police warned people to avoid ‘hot zone’ after explosion at 4.25am 
  • Boom was heard throughout the city and rattled windows for miles around 
  • Blast came from a factory on the 4500 block of Gessner Road
  • Stunning surveillance footage shows the blast erupting into the night sky 

A colossal explosion has filled the skies of Houston, Texas, sending debris raining onto the city. 

Residents across the city said they heard a ‘loud explosion’ and the blast caused windows to rattle for miles around.

Police confirmed the blast came from a factory on the 4500 block of Gessner Road at around 4.25am on Friday. 

A local resident’s surveillance camera facing north on Gessner and Clay showed the blast erupting with a flash of light into the night sky. 

A local resident's surveillance camera facing north on Gessner and Clay showed the blast erupting with a flash of light into the night sky at just after 4.24am on Friday

A local resident’s surveillance camera facing north on Gessner and Clay showed the blast erupting with a flash of light into the night sky at just after 4.24am on Friday

The blast can be seen after its initial explosion before the force sent out knocks the surveillance camera out of position

The blast can be seen after its initial explosion before the force sent out knocks the surveillance camera out of position

The explosion continues to die down but Houston Police have warned residents to 'avoid the hot zone'

The explosion continues to die down but Houston Police have warned residents to ‘avoid the hot zone’

Such was the force of the explosion that the camera was rattled off its stand and fell onto the porch. 

Houston Police tweeted at around 5am: ‘Building Explosion 4500 Gessner: HPD command post at Tanner @ Gessner. All traffic avoid hot zone between Gessner, Genard, Sefani & Clay Rd.’

It is not yet clear what caused the terrific explosion. 

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