WHARTON, Texas – A storage tank exploded and sent of black plume of smoke into the sky above Wharton County on Friday.
Around 9 a.m. Friday, the loud boom knocked Willie Green right out of bed.
“It scared me to death,” he said. “And I ran to the window right here and looked out and I saw it burning.”
A storage facility in Sandridge was on fire. It is about 9 miles outside Wharton and borders Green’s home.
Operated by XTO Energy, a division of Exxon-Mobile, the facility stores waste water from oil drilling sites.
Officials say a driver had been unloading the contents of his truck into a tank when there was the blast and fire.
Green said police told him and his neighbors to get out right away.
“It was scary, real scary,” he said. “I had a doctor’s appointment. I had to call my doctor and tell him I wasn’t coming ’cause I didn’t know if my house was going to catch on fire.”
Fortunately no one was hurt, not even that tanker driver.
But there is concern over the cleanup, since some of the waste water contains petroleum.
It took nearly three hours to put out the fire. The cause of it is still under investigation.