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Explosion rocks Ennis plant

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ERIC CORNELISON
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ENNIS - Ennis residents woke very early Monday morning when an explosion at the Owens Corning plant rocked the windows of their homes.

Fire and ambulance services were called out a little after midnight and once they had arrived the fire had already been extinguished after an explosion of one of Owens' tanks had occurred.

One local resident said, 'I woke up to my windows and doors rattling.'

Police blocked off the road to secure the area as residents went to the scene to see if any of their family members, who worked at the plant, had been injured.

The plant had already gotten everything under control by the time the fire department arrived and even rescinded the emergency calls, according to Fire Chief David Hopkins.

Other residents who heard the blast thought it was sounded much bigger than what it actually was. One employee said there were no real injuries and the plant would be under investigation to determine what actually happened.

Hopkins said, 'Corning will conduct the investigation and then let us know the results.'

Residents arriving at the scene were held at the police road block, but once the incident was determined to be safe, were allowed to go see if their family members were unharmed.

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