Three hurt in US tanker blasts


Summary

Neighbouring buildings shook as the blasts wrecked the headquarters of a gas supply company and sent debris raining onto the streets of downtown Dallas.

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VIDEO: Downtown Dallas shaken

Two interstate highways were closed as the explosions, which continued for more than half an hour, sparked a massive fire and left a plume of black smoke rising over the city.

"I thought it was artillery," eyewitness Tony Love told the Associated Press. "It was just coming boom, boom, boom."

Fire contained

The cause of the blasts, at Southwest Industrial Gases, is under investigation, but police say there is no evidence so far of foul play in the case.

Two of those hurt are reported to be in a serious condition at the city's Parkland Hospital. The condition of the third injured person, who was taken to a separate hospital, is not known.

It is thought all three were working at the gas plant when the explosions occurred at about 9.30am local time on Wednesday.

Firefighters have managed to contain the fire by spraying nearby buildings with water to prevent the flames spreading.

Explosion risk

But the city's fire chief said the blaze was not yet under control. He has refused to send crews in to tackle the fire until the risk of further explosions has abated.

"It's too dangerous," Eddie Burns told reporters. "It's very dangerous. We have medical gases, we have acetylene, hydrogen. It is very dangerous."

Electricity supplies to power lines near the site of the blasts were cut as a precaution, causing problems for some of the city’s electric trains.

Bridges in the area are being checked for structural damage.


Neighbouring buildings shook as the blasts wrecked the headquarters of a gas supply company and sent debris raining onto the streets of downtown Dallas.

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VIDEO: Downtown Dallas shaken

Two interstate highways were closed as the explosions, which continued for more than half an hour, sparked a massive fire and left a plume of black smoke rising over the city.

"I thought it was artillery," eyewitness Tony Love told the Associated Press. "It was just coming boom, boom, boom."

Fire contained

The cause of the blasts, at Southwest Industrial Gases, is under investigation, but police say there is no evidence so far of foul play in the case.

Two of those hurt are reported to be in a serious condition at the city's Parkland Hospital. The condition of the third injured person, who was taken to a separate hospital, is not known.

It is thought all three were working at the gas plant when the explosions occurred at about 9.30am local time on Wednesday.

Firefighters have managed to contain the fire by spraying nearby buildings with water to prevent the flames spreading.

Explosion risk

But the city's fire chief said the blaze was not yet under control. He has refused to send crews in to tackle the fire until the risk of further explosions has abated.

"It's too dangerous," Eddie Burns told reporters. "It's very dangerous. We have medical gases, we have acetylene, hydrogen. It is very dangerous."

Electricity supplies to power lines near the site of the blasts were cut as a precaution, causing problems for some of the city’s electric trains.

Bridges in the area are being checked for structural damage.