Friday afternoon was a busy time for the Karnes County Sheriff’s
Office. An explosion took place at a shale plant, which quickly caused
the scene to be engulfed in massive flames. Just three miles north of
Falls City, the explosion forced both employees and nearby residents to evacuate.
Unfortunately, four major car accidents occurred around the same time on
Highway 181, slowing down traffic and causing serious delays in rescue efforts.
Did lightning cause major plant explosion?
According to reports, there was severe weather, including lightning, in
the area just an hour before the explosion took place. Sheriff Dwayne
Villanueva commented that lightning is known to cause explosions at shale
plants and may be a potential factor in the incident, though no official
cause has been determined. As of the latest reports, multiple oil and
saltwater tanks have been fully consumed by flames, with fire crews on
standby if the fire does not continue to burn out on its own safely. As
of now, there is no word on whether any water contamination resulted from
the shale plant explosion.