Ex­plo­sions at flooded chem­i­cal plant

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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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