Machine Welder Killed in Explosion

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

WEST ODESSA - A welding explosion killed a worker in West Odessa on Tuesday night.

We're told 32-year-old Justin Heronema was found unconscious at Lackey Machine off 10th Street.

Ector County Deputies say he was working on a gas tank at the shop when it exploded.

Investigators think he lit the striker for the welder and gas fumes from the tank ignited causing the blast.

Heronmea died at the hospital.