Explosion and fire at oilfield site near Dilley, Texas

PUBLISHED Tue, October 17, 2017 - 12:59pm EDT
Credit: David Gonzalez

Firefighters and other emergency services in Texas are responding to an explosion and fire at an oilfield site in La Salle County, near the city of Dilley, officials and witnesses say. Only few details were immediately available.

The incident happened at about 11 a.m. on Tuesday when a loud explosion was heard in the Dilley area, according to several people who were in the area. Thick plumes of black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from miles away.

County officials confirmed that emergency services were responding to an oilfield site known as Ledwig. It is reported that the explosion and fire happened at a battery of tanks, which are owned by Carrizo Oil & Gas. The plumes of smoke were visible from as far away as Cotulla.

According to initial reports, two workers have been injured, though there was no immediate word on their conditions. There is no threat to nearby communities as there are no residents who live close to the oilfield.

Firefighters plan to let the fire die down.

  Dilley, TX     





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