An explosion at a Houston grinding and manufacturing facility killed two people and injured two others Friday morning, officials said.
Some residents said they felt the boom across the city. The blast, first reported about 4:15 a.m., scattered rubble as far as a half-mile and damaged nearby homes.
“We believe two employees lost their lives as a result of this explosion,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at a news conference Friday evening.
Two other people were transported by the Houston Fire Department to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and 18 others “self-transported” to hospitals with injuries that are also not life-threatening, Turner said.