Police: 2 Dead After Building Explosion Shakes Houston, Damages Nearby Homes

“It is saddening and infuriating to see more people die because of another chemical explosion in the Houston area,” Elena Craft, the senior director of climate and health at the Environmental Defense Fund said in a press release. “These deadly tragedies cannot be the new normal in a city and region where industrial threats abound. Government at all levels must act to ensure the health and safety of workers and the people living near these facilities, and that starts by holding industry accountable and strengthening safeguards. Enough is enough.”

The Houston area has seen a series of explosions over the past year. Last July, an explosion[4] at an ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown left more than dozen people with minor injuries and put nearby residents under a shelter-in-place advisory for three hours.

In November, two blasts in the coastal city of Port Neches shattered windows[5] and ripped the doors from nearby homes.

Jen Rice contributed to this story.

This is a continuing story that will be updated as more details emerge.

Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the Port Neches explosion occurred in November.


  1. ^ #RelationalPolicing (twitter.com)
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  3. ^ January 24, 2020 (twitter.com)
  4. ^ explosion (apnews.com)
  5. ^ shattered windows (www.houstonpublicmedia.org)

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