Deadly explosion in Channelview at Oiltanking Partners plant

Channel 2 is reporting a deadly explosion at the Oiltanking Partners plant in the 15600 block of Jacintoport Boulevard in Channelview. Channelview Emergency Services told reporters that fumes inside a pipe being worked on ignited during a welding procedure causing an explosion at approximately 8:00am this morning. Electrician Mac McClinton, an army veteran, said it sounded like a bomb had gone off. He also saw a man running from the scene soaked in blood. Officials with Oiltanking Partners have not released the name of the man who was killed, but they have said he was an independent contractor, not an employee of the company. A second person was injured and was transported to the hospital, but the Channel 2 story did not have specific on that person’s injuries. Channel 13’s report indicates the deceased worker and the injured worker were employed by L-Con Constructors, a Houston-based independent contracting company working on the premises.
Oiltanking Partners, L.P. is a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OILT. They are involved in the terminaling, storage and transportation of crude oil, refined petroleum products and liquefied petroleum gas. FOX News’ story on the plant explosion is here. The Houston Chronicle’s story is here. Channel 11’s story is here.

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Channelview emergency responders rush to the scene of the explosion at Oiltanking Partners plant.

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