Welder Dies in Odessa Explosion 8/29/12
Ector Co. Sheriff's Office Press Release
August 29, 2012
Odessa, TX - 32 year old Justin Martin Heronema was transported to Medical Center Hospital last night when the gas tank he was working on exploded.
Neighbors called 911 about 8:35 p.m. and advised they had heard what sounded like an explosion in the 7200 block of West 10th.
They found 32 year old Justin Martin Heronema at Lackey Machine unconscious.
It is believed Heronema was working on a gas tank at the shop and when he ignited the striker for the welder, fumes from the tank ignited causing the explosion.
He was transported to Medical Center Hospital but died a short time later.