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A Texas man was killed by an explosion on Monday at a West Texas oil and gas services facility.

According to the AP, Julian Gallardo, a 23 year old employee at Water Rescue Services, was killed by a blast while he was mixing unspecified chemicals.

Fort Worth-based Water Rescue Services provides the energy industry with water treatment technology for brackish and produced water.

The explosion occurred Monday morning at a site owned by Water Rescue Services just west of Midland, the Midland Reporter-Telegram said.

The building that the explosion happened in was completely destroyed, along with two recreational vehicles and three other vehicles, the AP said.

Nearby residents told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that several smaller explosions followed the blast.

No other injuries were reported but some nearby RVs were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Investigators are looking into whether the blast was triggered by a spark or a chemical reaction.

The chemicals involved in the accident are not believed to be toxic.

Midland Fire Marshall Dale Little told the Midland Reporter-Telegram that investigators will also look into whether the accident was related to any safety violations.


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