Explosions at flooded chemical plant
TWO explosions have been reported at a chemical plant in Texas that lost power amid flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
The H a r r i s County Emergency Operations Centre said there had been two explosions and black smoke was coming from the Arkema plant early today.
The Sheriff’s Office said a deputy had been taken to hospital after inhaling fumes.
Nine other deputies drove themselves to hospital as a precaution, it was reported.
Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed there had been “a series of chemical reactions” at the plant and advised people to stay away from the area.
A spokeswoman for the plant in Crosby said late yesterday that the flooded facility had lost power and backup generators amid flooding, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises.
“The fire will happen. It will resemble a gasoline fire. It will be explosive and intense in nature,” said plant spokeswoman Janet Smith.
Chief executive Rich Rowe said there was “no way to prevent” the explosion.
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