VIDEO: Authorities respond to explosion call in Midland County

MIDLAND COUNTY -- This footage sent in by viewers shows the blazing fire and massive amounts of smoke coming from the plant.

Photo courtesy of Christopher Dugas

Midland Fire Department officials said they responded to 911 calls alerting them to the situation and were able to put out the fire quickly.

“Once we get it figured out what we were fighting Midland Fire Department got on it,” Midland Fire Marshall Dale Little said. “Put it out pretty quick and the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality is out there right now looking at some runoff.”

Fortunately, Little said none of the employees at the plant were hurt during the incident.

“No one’s injured and everything’s taken care of,” he said.
However, it’s still unclear how the fire began or what was burning at NOV’s fluid control plant.

Little said the fire department is going to investigate this incident to try to figure out what chemicals may have been burned.

“We’ll just continue to investigate, see what we can figure out on it and looking into some avenues of what might have happened,” he said.
We also reached out to NOV managers, but they have not returned our request for comment.

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UPDATE: The fire is now out. No other details have been released at this time.
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Midland County authorities are responding to an explosion call at 2604 Agriculture Road.

According to the Midland County Sheriff's Office, their deputies and the Midland Fire Department are working the scene. Traffic is being blocked off at Highway 80 west of Loop 250.

A City of Midland spokesperson says that the fire is contained. There is no word on injuries being reported.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area at this time.


Photo courtesy of Bradley Henserling
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