Explosion in USA on October 20 2017 05:06 PM (UTC).
One person has been confirmed dead, another is missing and the Port of Corpus Christi has been closed following a reported barge explosion that happened around 4:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. According to Rick Adams there is no hull breach. There are 133,000 barrels - that's about of 7.3 million gallons - of sour crude in the tank. The fire you see is a controlled fuel burn, not the oil. Captain Bobby Grumbles, head of the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots Association, said the explosion happened while the tug was pulling in anchor about 3.25 miles offshore. There was no pilot on board when it exploded. The vessel was inbound, heading to the Gulf Copper Ship Yard in Port Aransas, Grumbles said. The tank remains anchored as it burns off fuel. The tug is nearby, detached and also anchored. The U.S. Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office are investigating the accident and monitoring the accident site.