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Violent explosion in the American city of Houston (police)

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — A violent explosion rocked the American city of Houston, Texas, early Friday, causing extensive damage to many buildings and shattered windows.

The Houston Fire Department said that a person was taken to the hospital, while firefighters, emergency devices and police rushed to the site of the explosion.

The police described the accident as a “building explosion” and advised all drivers to avoid the area northwest of the city.

CNN reported that the explosion occurred around 4:15 a.m., adding that many residents felt a tremor in the surrounding buildings.

It said the explosion appeared to have occurred in a manufacturing facility 29 kilometers northwest of downtown Houston.

Pictures from a security camera showed a massive explosion and a high volume of fire in the air.

No details were immediately confirmed about the cause of the explosion and whether anyone was seriously injured in the accident.

“The situation on the site is still going on. Avoid the area. No evacuation order has been issued at this time,” fire chief Samuel Pena wrote on Twitter.

“We will inform you of the possible cause of the explosion as soon as we have confirmed information,” he added.

Almost all the houses in the area were severely damaged, windows and garage doors were shattered, according to the local KBRC television.

An hour after the explosion, CNN’s KTRK television showed pictures showing smoke and fire columns rising from the site of the blast.

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