Coast Guard responds to barge explosion

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Coast Guard crews survey damage after a barge explosion that occurred at Superior Docks in Texas. Bystanders rescued one man, who was thrown into the water when the barge exploded. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.) Click the image for aerial video of the barge.
Coast Guard crews survey damage after a barge explosion that occurred at Superior Docks in Texas. Bystanders rescued one man, who was thrown into the water when the barge exploded. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.) Click the image for aerial video of the barge.

A barge explosion in Corpus Christi, Texas yesterday has translated into a busy couple of days for the Coast Guard.

Investigators and inspectors are trying to figure out just what caused the explosion aboard the crude oil barge and to mitigate potential pollution from the incident.

Coast Guard Station Port Aransas and Air Station Corpus Christi deployed multiple assets upon report of the explosion to secure the area and assist with recovery efforts. One man was rescued after being thrown into the water as a result of the blast and two others were treated for minor injuries.

The Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers worked with local authorities through the night Thursday and reopened the waterway early Friday morning, minimizing the impact on waterway traffic. The location of the incident was significant as Corpus Christi is along the vital Intercoastal Waterway that accounts for the majority of commercial shipping from Texas all the way to New Jersey.

The explosion is currently under investigation.

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