Fire Triangle Ep. 1: Houston City Limits

In the first of episode of Fire Triangle, a new podcast from Texas Public Radio and Houston Public Media, reporters Dominic Anthony Walsh and Katie Watkins look back on the anniversary of the Watson Grinding explosion.



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A toxic explosion rocked northwest Houston one year ago on Jan. 24, 2020. The blast killed three, injured at least 18, and ripped apart hundreds of homes. In the first episode of our series on chemical disasters in Texas, we examine local chemical safety policies in Houston, the petrochemical capital of the world. We also explore the State of Texas’ lack of transparency when it comes to hazardous chemicals and meet a small federal agency working to prevent more fires and explosions.

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Katie Watkins

Katie Watkins she/her

Environmental Reporter

Katie Watkins is a senior reporter at Houston Public Media where she covers environmental issues in Greater Houston. She has reported on environmental injustices, toxic waste sites, conservation and the impacts of climate change on the region. She also loves quirky science stories about what makes our natural environmental unique, wonderful and...

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Dominic Anthony Walsh

Dominic Anthony Walsh

Education & Culture Reporter

Dominic Anthony Walsh covers education & culture for Houston Public Media's enterprise team. His work examines the institutions and policies affecting millions of students and families across Texas, with a focus on Houston — home to the largest school district in the state. He comes to the Bayou City after...

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