18 WHEELER EXPLODES At San Antonio Refinery (Video) …Update: Area Evacuated 2 Injured
A tanker exploded today at a San Antonio refinery while it was being loaded at around 11:30 AM. The refinery is located close to Brooks Air Force Base. The company reportedly serves the U.S. Air Force. It is not known what was in the truck that exploded.
My FOX Houston reported:
An 18-wheeler being loaded with fuel at a San Antonio refinery has exploded.
Television stations showed footage Wednesday of an enormous black plume spewing from the AGE Refining Inc. unit on the city’s southeast side.
Refinery marketing director Jeff Morrow says the truck exploded late Wednesday morning at the facility that refines gas and jet fuel, but he had no other details.
WOAI reported that at least 2 people were injured:
An AGE official said there were approximately 50 employees who would have been working at the refinery at the time of the explosion, and all of the employees there have been evacuated. The official also stated crude oil comes in on 18-wheelers and primarily jet and diesel fuel goes out. It is not known what was in the truck that exploded.
Witnesses said there were three different explosions.
An eyewitness told KENS 5 that there were three explosions right before the fire broke out at the building.
A KENS 5 reporter at the scene said there were two clouds of smoke and lots of resources to burn. Firefighters pulled back to a one-mile perimeter at about 12:45 p.m. because they don’t know exactly what they’re dealing with.
KSAT12 reported that one person is unaccounted for. Roads within a one-mile radius were closed off to traffic.
UPDATE: Over 100 firefighters are fighting the blaze.
The unaccounted for person has since been found and was not hurt.