UPDATE: Loud Boom near Midland\Martin Co. Line Caused By Industrial Accident 12/6/13
December 6, 2013
UPDATE: 10:30 PM
Martin County - A large oil vessel explosion rattled much of the Midland area early Friday morning waking hundreds. The explosion took place just before two AM Friday morning on North Highway 349 near the Martin County and Midland county line. Only one worker was taken to the hospital where he was quickly released.
“For a situation that could have been bad it really turned out pretty well,” said Martin County Sheriff John Woodward.
Officials are saying the explosion was caused by a build-up of pressure, something that isn’t uncommon in West Texas. “You feel and hear different thing in the oil field all the time, even some underground movement,” said Woodward.
But this time it was different, so much pressure built up, residents within a 30-mile radius heard the boom. Viewers reported hearing the explosion in Odessa, Midland, Stanton, Greenwood and even Grady.
“Between Midland and Stanton we received well over one hundred 911 calls,” said Woodward.
The sound of the blast is comparable to a large jet flying just six miles overhead.
Representatives from OXY Permian, the owners of the vessel, released a statement saying, “We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the incident and take appropriate measures to prevent incidents in the future.”
Officials tell CBS 7 OSHA and emergency management coordinators will also be assisting OXY Permian in their investigations.
Midland Tx. - According to the Midland Police Department, A loud boom heard by residents from Midland and Martin county was caused by an industrial accident on Highway 349 near the Martin and Midland county lines.
Details are limited at this time but stay with CBS 7 for the latest on this developing story.