Late night explosion at well site in Yorktown

DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, Yorktown and Nordheim Volunteer Fire Departments, and Cuero Fire Department responded to a report of a well explosion at approximately 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Yorktown near FM 2656 and Dworazyk Road on a Devon Energy site.

The fire occurred within a 2-mile evacuated radius of a previous pressure failure incident near Cotton Patch Road in Yorktown, however, the two incidents are unrelated, and no additional evacuations were required. No injuries were reported. The cause is unknown at this time, but it appears to have been a product containment barrel that exploded.

Safety measures are being taken before going in to determine the cause of the explosion, according to DeWitt County Sheriff Carl Bowen.

“This explosion is within the original 2-mile evacuation zone of the previous pressure control incident that Devon implemented to get families out of the area as a precaution. Because of that no additional evacuations were needed.”

“At this point there is still one small fire at the base of one of the tanks being fed by that tank. A decision was made early this morning to let that burn down more before they go back in and put that out,” Bowen said.

“The big take away on this is that no one has been hurt. People are displaced and as soon as we are able to get them back into their homes, we will. But even then there is a clean up phase after the emergency has been mitigated.”  

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