this pretty well sums it up for now.
Coast Guard crews survey damage after a barge explosion Thursday at Superior Docks in Ingleside. Bystanders rescued one man, who was thrown into the water when the barge exploded.
INGLESIDE — The Coast Guard reopened the Intracoastal Waterway on Friday and was developing a plan to remove a barge that exploded there the day before, a Texas General Land Office official said.
Texas General Land Office and Coast Guard officials monitored the area by boat Friday after the waterway reopened about 8:50 a.m., said Jay Veselka, assistant regional director for the Texas General Land Office.
It had been shut down overnight Thursday because officials worried the explosion may have left debris in the waterway.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers checked for debris Friday near the Superior Crude docks, where the explosion occurred, but none was found, Lt. Nick Leiter, a Coast Guard spokesman, said.
A floating barrier, or boom, was placed around the barge Thursday to protect the water from any residual oil after a 20 by 50 foot sheen was seen on the water, Veselka said.
No measurable amount of crude spilled into the waterway, officials said.
About 3 p.m. Thursday, two men were welding on a crude oil barge when a spark likely ignited fumes, causing the explosion, according to Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office officials. The two men were treated for minor injuries and released Thursday.
Leiter said the Coast Guard will continue to investigate.