BREAKING: Explosion at hotel in Houston, Texas - 'boom' heard in heart of US city
The explosion occurred at the Whitehall hotel in Smith Street.
Three people have been injured, emergency responders said.
The explosion took place when three people were working on a transformer in the building’s electrical room.
Video shows an exterior wall at the hotel covered in black marks.
One nearby worker heard a “boom” and reported flames and smoke.
He said: “I heard a boom and saw a huge large flame followed by smoke. It shook everybody up.”
One of those hurt sustained major injuries. Two suffered only minor injuries.
Nearby streets have been closed off.
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