By Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Published: 11:05 GMT, 24 January 2020 | Updated: 11:44 GMT, 24 January 2020
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 flash of white light fills the night sky (left) and the trees are silhouetted against the light (right)