VIDEO: Doorbell camera captures explosion in northwest Houston

This image taken from a doorbell camera video shared with KPRC 2 shows the moment of an explosion that rocked northwest Houston on Jan. 24, 2020.
This image taken from a doorbell camera video shared with KPRC 2 shows the moment of an explosion that rocked northwest Houston on Jan. 24, 2020. (Joey Charpentier)

HOUSTON – An explosion rocked northwest Houston awake early Friday morning.

Police said the blast happened about 4:20 a.m. in the area of Gessner Road and Clay Road.

Video shared by a KPRC 2 viewer from their doorbell camera showed a flash followed by a plume of smoke at the time of the blast. The camera appeared to have been knocked to the ground.

A doorbell camera at a home in northwest Houston captured the flash of an explosion that happened early Friday morning.
A doorbell camera at a home in northwest Houston captured the flash of an explosion that happened early Friday morning.

Another video shared by a viewer recorded audio of the explosion.

The sound of an explosion that rocked Houston early Friday morning was caught on a home security camera.
The sound of an explosion that rocked Houston early Friday morning was caught on a home security camera.

A Nest camera at a different home also recorded the sound of Friday morning’s explosion.

The sound of an explosion in northwest Houston was recorded by someone's home security camera.
The sound of an explosion in northwest Houston was recorded by someone's home security camera.

Officials said at least one person has been hospitalized.

Spring Branch Independent School District officials said they anticipate transportation delays for students in the area.


About the Author:

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.