Reports coming in that a gigantic explosion in Texas City at the BP refinery. Four people are confirmed dead, reports of a dozen injured so far. Texas City is the largest concentration of oil infrastructure in the United States, and Houston's mayor White had just been complaining that we aren't getting our fair share of homeland security money. I don't think there's any evidence that the explosion was anything other than an industrial accident.
Texas City is about 15 miles from my house in League City. Our house is safe, there is no indication of any problem there at home according to our nanny. My wife, who is doing a surgery rotation at UTMB hospital on Galveston island, says that it's pretty insane over there, however, with all the injured being rushed to them because that's the only level 1 trauma facility in the county (Ben Taub in Houston is about 30 miles away).