Massive explosion rips through Houston: Factory blast 'felt for miles' and ...

Massive explosion rips through Houston: Factory blast is 'felt for miles' and 'boom' heard across city Houston Police warned people to avoid 'hot zone' after explosion at 4.25am  Boom was heard throughout the city and rattled windows for miles around  Blast came from a factory on the 4500 block of Gessner Road Stunning surveillance footage shows the blast erupting into the night sky 

By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline

Published: 11:05 GMT, 24 January 2020 | Updated: 11:44 GMT, 24 January 2020

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A colossal explosion ripped through Houston this morning, waking residents with shaking and booming heard for miles around. 

Police confirmed the blast came from a factory on the 4500 block of Gessner Road in the northwest of the city at around 4.25am on Friday. 

Texans took to social media to compare the shaking to earthquakes, thunder and lightning, and even questioned whether an asteroid had crashed to the ground. 

A local resident's surveillance camera facing north on Gessner and Clay showed the blast erupting with a flash of light into the night sky. Such was the force of the explosion that the camera was rattled off its stand and fell onto the porch.

A local resident's surveillance camera facing north on Gessner and Clay showed the blast erupting with a flash of light into the night sky at just after 4.24am on Friday

A local resident's surveillance camera facing north on Gessner and Clay showed the blast erupting with a flash of light into the night sky at just after 4.24am on Friday

White light fills the sky

The explosion in Houston

A flash of white light fills the night sky (left) and the trees are silhouetted against the light (right)

Helicopter footage taken an hour after the explosion showed smoke continuing to rise from the blast site this morning

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