Shelter-in-place lifted after oil tank explosion, fire in Liberty County

A thick plume of smoke rises over part of Liberty County, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2019.
A thick plume of smoke rises over part of Liberty County, Texas, on Jan. 29, 2019. (Elton Cochrum)

DAISETTA, Texas – An oil tank explosion sent a plume of dark smoke over part of Liberty County on Tuesday.

The incident was reported about 11 a.m. along County Road 2018 near Daisetta.

Liberty County officials said a large fire was burning, and several fire departments were called to the scene.

Video from SKY2 showed that firefighters had extinguished the blaze by 11:40 a.m.

VIDEO: Aerials of oil tank fire in Liberty County

A shelter-in-place order was issued, then later lifted, for residents near County Road 2018 to a mile south of Highway 90.

No injuries were reported.


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Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.