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Explosion Rocks Karnes County Shale Plant

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 17-Apr-2015

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.

Categories: Plant Explosion

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