Texas chemical plant continues to burn after major explosion

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Published on November 27, 2019 - Duration: 01:10s

Texas chemical plant continues to burn after major explosion

Three workers were injured in a massive explosion on Wednesday that sparked a blaze at a Texas petrochemical plant, the latest in a series of chemical plant accidents in the region.

Gavino Garay reports.


Texas chemical plant continues to burn after major explosion

A major chemical plant explosion rocked Port Neches, Texas on Wednesday and it continued to burn after a secondary explosion that shattered windows, blew off doors and prompted evacuations within a half-mile radius of the facility.

Three workers were treated for their injuries and released, according to the TPC Group that operates the complex, located about 90 miles east of Houston TPC Group Director of Health Safety and Security, Troy Monk, warned of immediate dangers to the nearby communities.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) TPC GROUP DIRECTOR OF HEALTH SAFETY AND SECURITY, TROY MONK, SAYING: "The most kind of thing is going to be respiratory type irritation, that's going to be mostly from the smoke, not necessarily from the chemical itself.

You have to understand, with the plant being on fire, the chemical is actually being consumed as part of the fire... You don't want to be down wind from this." For now, Fire officials are letting the fire burn itself out … Firefighters are focused on keeping the flames from spreading and it remains unclear when the fire could be extinguished.

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