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United States: explosion in a chemical plant in Texas

2019-11-27T11:55:54.849Z

The rescue ordered the evacuation of the surrounding areas after the huge explosion that hit a petrochemical plant in Port Neches.



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Image of the explosion of a chemical plant in Port Neches from a video broadcast on social networks, November 27, 2019. Casey Porter

The rescue ordered the evacuation of the surrounding areas after the huge explosion that hit a petrochemical plant in Port Neches.

The videos and photos posted on social networks are spectacular. They show a huge fireball in the night and you can sometimes hear a huge explosion.

" Please note that everyone must evacuate the area within half a mile [800 meters] of the Port Neches TPC plant ," local firefighters wrote on their Facebook page.

The explosion occurred around 1 am (7 am UT) in the morning at a petrochemical plant located 135 kilometers from Houston, Texas. According to a statement from TPC, the operator of the plant that produces butadiene, a flammable gas, the incident hit a " processing unit ".

" The TPC group has activated its emergency preparedness plan and has called for firefighters from Port Neches and Huntsman, " the petrochemical group said.

The staff was completely evacuated. The three wounded were taken care of. At the end of the night, the fire was still not extinguished.

(with AFP)

Source: rfi

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