Lightning triggers explosion in Burleson Co

SNOOK, TX - Lightning is believed to have been the cause of an explosion at an oil well disposal plant in Burleson County late Wednesday night.

Burleson County Emergency Management reported it happened about midnight on FM 50 near County Road 264.

Fire units from Snook, Somerville, and Cooks Point Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the scene along with Burleson County Office of Emergency Management and the Sheriff's Office and DPS.

FM 50 was closed for about four hours as the well was shut in and crews allowed the fire to burn itself out..

Early attempts to extinguish the fire using foam were foiled by high winds, but by daylight the fire had burned down to the point that fresh attempts at using foam led to it finally be extinguished.

Officials with the Texas Railroad Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality were on the scene and will oversee final cleanup at the site.

Burleson County Emergency management reported that 14 residents were without power for a time.

Earlier on Wednesday, Snook and Somerville responded to another similar situation at  a well on County Road 434 where one tank exploded and another was on fire also following a lightning strike.


There were no reported injuries.

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