BELLVILLE (AP) — Authorities say nobody was hurt in several explosions and a fire at a gas and cylinders company in rural Central Texas.
Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes said the accident at Western International Gas & Cylinders was reported around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Brandes says the plant, which provides bulk gases such as acetylene, is 5 miles east of Bellville and there’s no threat to the town of about 4,200.READ MORE: Texas Secretary Of State's Office Announces Full Forensic Audit Of 2020 General Election in Four Texas Counties
Officials are trying to determine what sparked the fire about 60 miles northwest of Houston. Brandes says a mandatory evacuation covered a mile surrounding the plant. Highway 159 was closed from Bellville to Hempstead.READ MORE: Juan Navarro, Jr. Sentenced To 35+ Years For Pornographic Images Of Six-Year-Olds
Brandes says the risk of additional explosions was minimal as firefighters hosed down the smoldering scene.MORE NEWS: 'Reset Center' Replaces School Suspension At Dallas ISD School
Western International officials didn’t immediately return a message Tuesday.