Houston: (HRNW) A large explosion shook the US city of Houston, Texas, early on Friday morning, with shocked residents woken before dawn as houses were badly damaged and glass windows blown in.
The Houston Fire Department said one person had been taken to hospital as firefighters, emergency services and police rushed to the scene.
Police described the incident as a “building explosion” and warned all traffic to avoid the area in the northwest of the city.
CNN said that the blast erupted at about 4:15 am, adding that it had reportedly occurred at a grinding and manufacturing business 18-mile (28 kilometers) northwest of downtown Houston.
Security camera video footage appeared to show a huge blast and a fireball rising into the air.