2 injured in oil tank explosion in Galveston


GALVESTON, Texas (KPRC) — Two people are injured after an oil tank explosion in Galveston, Texas today.

The Galveston fire department was called out to the Pelican Island Storage terminal following the explosion to put out a crude oil tank fire, according to a city official.

Officials said crews appeared to have been welding at or near the tank that carries two million gallons of heavy crude oil products when the tank exploded.

Firefighters are using foam cannons to try and put out the fire.

There is no word on the condition of the injured workers.

Texas A&M University in Galveston, which is located near the facility, has issued a shelter-in-place for the limited number of people who are on campus.

The facility is an oil storage terminal that can hold 500,000 barrels of heavy fuel storage, carbon black oil, vacuum gas oil and fuel oil cutterstock, according to the website.

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