7 CenterPoint Energy Workers Injured in Spring, Texas Natural Gas Explosion
Seven utility workers with CenterPoint Energy suffered burns and other injuries last night when a natural gas line exploded in Spring, Texas, about 28 miles outside Houston.
CenterPoint Crew Ruptured Main High-Pressure Gas Line
The March 5th explosion occurred around 6:00 p.m. in the 18700 block of Gleannloch Lakes Boulevard, near Klein in Northwest Harris County.
According to the Harris County Sherriff’s Office, a Comcast crew had been working in the area when they punctured a gas line. A CenterPoint crew was dispatched for repairs but actually ruptured another natural gas line — the 6-inch high-pressure main line — as they were leaving.
The resulting explosion sent flames shooting more than 20 feet into the air and knocked out natural gas service to dozens of homes in the neighborhood.
Injured Workers Suffered Second- and Third-Degree Burns
Seven CenterPoint employees were hurt, including three who suffered serious injuries and a fourth flown to Memorial Hermann via LifeFlight in critical condition. Three others were taken to Memorial Hermann in The Woodlands with minor injuries.
Six of the seven workers remained hospitalized this morning with second- and third-degree burns. Fortunately, all are expected to make full recoveries.
A firefighter also sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.
CenterPoint Gas Explosion Damaged Home, Forced Residents to Evacuate
The resulting fire destroyed three CenterPoint trucks and damaged one home. The flames also took out a power line and utility pole, leaving about 800 customers in the area without electricity until Saturday morning.
Harris County officials ordered around 100 nearby residents to evacuate and set up a 500-foot perimeter around the scene. The evacuation order remained in effect until the fire was out.
While electricity has been restored, utility crews were still working to restore natural gas service as of 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.
“The natural gas relighting process requires CenterPoint Energy employees to have access to each location to light pilots and check to make sure it is safe to resume service,” a CenterPoint spokesperson said in a statement to The Houston Chronicle. “All CenterPoint Energy technicians and contractors wear badges and will gladly show them to you upon request before entering your home or business.”
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