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US New evacuation order for Texas city hit by explosion, chemical fire

17:05  05 december  2019
17:05  05 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Texas chemical plant explosion erupts in flames, rattles homes for miles

  Texas chemical plant explosion erupts in flames, rattles homes for miles A fiery explosion at a chemical plant rocked a rural Texas county early Wednesday morning, blowing out windows and rattling houses for miles, officials said. © Carlballou/iStockphoto/Getty Images File photo: Shallow depth of field image taken of yellow law enforcement line with police car and lights in the background. An explosion at the TPC plant in Port Neches, located in Jefferson County, near the Louisiana border, lit up the sky around 1 a.m. local time, according to The Orange Leader. Eyewitnesses reported there was a second blast shortly after. The town is located east of Houston and inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

The evacuation order covers areas of Jefferson County within four miles of the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant in Port Neches, 94 miles east The order was expected to cause thousands of people to flee their homes the day before one of the busiest holiday weekends, as local, state and Red Cross

Tens of thousands of residents in Texas have been ordered to flee as firefighters struggle to contain a massive blaze at a chemical plant, following a series of explosions at the facility. All residents within four miles of the conflagration at the TPC Group chemical plant in Port Neches, which erupted early

HOUSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Authorities have issued a second evacuation order in a week for residents of a city in the U.S. state of Texas after an explosion and fire at a petrochemical plant.

Officials issued the order late on Wednesday in Port Neches after air monitors detected elevated levels of a cancer-causing petrochemical produced at the TPC Group facility that was struck by the blaze and blast.

The fire at the 218-acre (88-hectare) plant, which was put out on Tuesday after burning for six days, had earlier prompted the evacuation of about 60,000 residents from several cities in southeast Texas.

Thousands Evacuated in Texas After Explosion at Port Neches Chemical Plant

  Thousands Evacuated in Texas After Explosion at Port Neches Chemical Plant PORT NECHES, Texas — Holiday plans for tens of thousands of families in southeast Texas were upended Wednesday after a pair of explosions at a chemical plant prompted an evacuation order for at least four surrounding cities. Local officials, fearing a new round of explosions, ordered the evacuation of about 30,000 people near the chemical plant, where a powerful overnight blast left at least eight people injured. The evacuation order covers areas of Jefferson County within four miles of the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant in Port Neches, 94 miles east of Houston near the Louisiana line.

Media captionThe fire followed an explosion at the Port Neches chemical plant. About 60,000 people have been evacuated from the area surrounding Port Neches in Texas after a series of The mandatory evacuation zone covers a 6.4 km (4 mile) radius of the facility, including the towns of Port

Branick ordered a mandatory evacuation after a secondary explosion Wednesday afternoon lifted a chemical distillation tower hundreds of feet into the air. Officials worried if nearby storage tanks containing volatile butane and butadiene caught fire , they could lead to larger explosions

Air monitors on Wednesday posted elevated levels of butadiene, a cancer-causing chemical. The plant makes flammable chemicals used in the production of synthetic rubber and a gasoline additive.

Schools were closed for the rest of the week, officials said. Schools in Port Neches and nearby Groves had reopened on Tuesday.

TPC Group did not immediately respond to requests for information on the butadiene emissions.

The latest evacuation, issued by the City of Port Neches and Jefferson County Judge Branick, replaced a shelter-in-place ordered earlier on Wednesday.

Elevated butadiene levels had been measured in some parts of the city and could cause dizziness, nausea, headaches, irritated eyes and throat, the statement said. They did not pose a serious health risk, or a flammability or explosion risk, it said.

A local temporary shelter for residents was re-established, the statement added.

TPC Group's Port Neches plant suffered a fire after an explosion on Nov. 27 that injured three workers. Officials have not determined the cause of the explosion and fire, which began in a butadiene processing unit. (Reporting by Erwin Seba and Sumita Layek; Editing by Richard Pullin and Timothy Heritage)

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