There are injuries WFAA has live footage.
News report from NBC with video.
The Wise County Messenger has the most amazing photos which is no surprise since they have the most amazingly talented photographer ever! (The photos of the exploding tanks were not taken by Duty so there are several talented photographers at the Messenger.)
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Tim Ruggiero says
Is it possible that FUGITIVE EMISSIONS are the source of this disaster, although welder's torches set it off?
It certainly proves the point, once AGAIN, that these operations are inherently dangerous, and the risk of serious injuries or death only increase the closer these opeations are to people and homes.
Aruba Petroleum: Since you're the bottom feeder, corner cutter sloppy operator in the area, and have demonstrated REPEATEDLY your company could care less about people, their health and welfare or their personal property, I hope you're paying attention!
Tammi V says
Tim, so glad you all are okay. I was worried it might be your place at first till I saw the video.
By the time the news crew got there, the worst of it was clearly over, you can see from the blast marks how big the initial incident was.
Hmmm, spill on Wed, fires on Fri, good to know these are "rare".
Aren't these 'condensate' tanks supposed to contain this benign salt water stuff? What is flammable about salt water? But hey, good to know the fire crews get a lot of practice:
"area firefighters have handled similar blazes in the past and did not have a lot of trouble with this one."
I love how the Devon rep stated that "It was NOT a gas well that exploded". Right, we get that part, so even after the "slight inconvenience" of having a drilling rig in your neighborhood for a year, the danger lasts for the 30 years afterwards when just the benign exploding tank batteries are there. Thanks for clearing that up. Danger = 30 years not 1 year, masterful stroke, sir.
Nope, it wasn't the gas well that exploded. When those explode, you get a crater the size of a football field (see Palo Pinto explosion). It was only one of those tanks that holds "saltwater." And, yeah, that tank will be there for 30 years.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but this site had 5 tanks. I have read that the Flower Mound centralized site could have anywhere from 14 to 38 tanks (and this doesn't count the compression facilities part of it), is that correct? There were reports that this was heard 8 miles away and produced a very large explosion (not caught on tape). The Flower Mound site could be 5 to 6 times as large. So if all 38 tanks go up at once, I'm pretty sure the whole town will know about it.