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Barges Collide in Texas, Fire Erupts and Burns for 4 Hours

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A fire blazes after two barges collide in Texas. (KHOU 11)

By    |   Monday, 20 Jul 2015 01:07 PM

Two barges collided around 1 a.m. in Texas' Houston Ship Channel, resulting in a massive fire and large quantity of petroleum naphtha being spilled.

ABC affiliate KTRK reported that a fireboat had smote the flames by roughly 5:30 a.m., however officials said it was unclear if the boat was leaking the 1 million gallons of petroleum product it was carrying.

Both barges were being moved by tugboats when one tug lost power, causing the barges to collide and catch fire. No injuries were reported as a result of the collision, but locals said that the flames could be seen from miles away.

A colorless liquid with a gasoline-like odor, petroleum naphtha can cause dizziness, headaches, and nausea.

The last barge crash in the channel came in March 2014, and nearly 170,000 gallons of tar oil spilled into the water.

The Galveston-Bolivar ferry service was not disrupted by the barge collision.

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which spans from Texas to Florida, was closed for a time.

 


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Two barges collided around 1 a.m. in Texas' Houston Ship Channel, resulting in a massive fire and large quantity of petroleum naphtha being spilled.
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