Texas: Huge explosion rips through Houston building, heard for miles around

Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the area around the blast and emergency vehicles converged on the area.

A large explosion at a building in Houston early Friday was felt for miles away and left rubble scattered in the area (Screengrab from AP video

A massive explosion ripped through a building in Houston, Texas early on Friday, shattering windows in the vicinity and heard by residents across a wide area, police and media said.

Smoke and flames could be seen billowing from the area around the blast and emergency vehicles converged on the area.

The explosion took place in Gessner Road, in the northwest of the city, Houston police said in a Twitter post.

One person was taken to a hospital because of the blast, the Houston Fire Department said. A fire continued to burn at the site hours after the explosion and people were told to avoid the area.

ABC’s local affiliate KTRK said residents had reported broken windows and doors from the blast and said at least one person had been seen with injuries.

It said the blast appeared to have originated at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, a machining and manufacturing company.

The company did not respond to a phone call. The blast occurred at around 4:25 am (3:55 pm IST.