The Houston police and fire departments responded Tuesday night to a reported document fire at the Chinese Consulate.
Footage from next door shows what appears to be barrels with burning material inside of them:
This video shared with us by a viewer who lives next to the Consulate General of China in #Houston shows fire and activity in the courtyard of the building.— KPRC2Tulsi (@KPRC2Tulsi) July 22, 2020
DETAILS SO FAR: https://t.co/2cOeKoap96 pic.twitter.com/0myxe6HIlC
Breaking: Houston police are responding to reports that documents are being burned in the courtyard of the Consulate General of China in Houston. There is a huge police and fire department presence at the scene. (via @KPRC2) pic.twitter.com/rY2557jqgp— Porter Medium (@PorterMedium) July 22, 2020
Houston police say they began receiving the reports that documents were being burned just after 8 p.m. at 3417 Montrose Boulevard where the Consulate General of China is located.
Houston fire officials confirmed they are responding to the scene and HPD officials were needed for traffic control in the area.
A small amount of smoke could be seen and smelled from outside. Dozens of Houston first responders are at the scene.
Theories are naturally flying:
Why would they actually have documents to burn is what I'm pondering.. Very curious. Houston consulate handles Chinese Visa applications/etc... plus more I'm sure. Prob burning info on Chinese that are here in the US, is my guess.— Uncle Max (@Uncle3Max) July 22, 2020
Move along. Nothing to see here.— 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐢𝐧 (@BriscoeCain) July 22, 2020
Just your normal document fire at a Chinese embassy. https://t.co/t7l73YzGlD