Three injured after large blast rocks Texas chemical plant

Three injured after large blast rocks Texas chemical plant

Three injured after large blast rocks Texas chemical plant

The New York Times reports the blast took place in Port Neches at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant, which annually produces more than 900 million pounds of the colorless gas butadiene-a noted health hazard, per CNN. In a post to Facebook, the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department said there was a "mandatory evacuation for everyone within a 1/2 mile of the TPC plant" in Port Neches.

"There is search and rescue inside the plant but there is also damage to nearby homes so we'll be going door to door checking on these people and their homes", she said. "Please stay off the roads anywhere near the refineries".

A chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas exploded in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to eyewitnesses and local media.

Meanwhile Omar Hamza, who lives 15 miles from the site of the blast, uploaded photos that showed the windows of his apartment had been blown out by the shockwave and his garage doors had buckled inwards.

TPC was originally built by the USA government during WWII as part of a synthetic rubber program, as the U.S. looked for alternatives to the natural rubber supply from Asia that became unavailable to the US.

'Right now our focus is on protecting the safety of responders and the public, and minimizing any impact to the environment'.

The injured employees are undergoing treatment, the company said.

Tyler Shawn Dunlap says he was asleep when the explosion rattled his home. "I went to Dad's room, and he thought our generator blew up, so we checked that, then I noticed an orange glow from the clouds".

The first explosion occurred at around 1.00 a.m. on Wednesday and was heard and felt throughout Port Neches, where 13,000 residents live.

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