AN EXPLOSION RATTLED A CHEMICAL PLANT in LaPorte, Texas, Monday afternoon and started a large fire that generated the classic fireballs. The plant manufactures plastics and had about 80-100 workers at the site when the accident occurred.
The fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m. at Akzo Nobel Polymer Chemicals located north of Highway 225. There was an explosion in a unit that produces a co-catalyst used in the making of plastic, company officials said.
Company spokeswoman Debbie Sullivan said the situation was under control in about 45 minutes. "Our internal emergency response team did respond to it, it was declared under control about a quarter to 2, it’s still burning but we’re just trying to let it burn itself out," Sullivan said. "We did have one contract maintenance employee who was injured and sent to Herman Memorial Hospital. I don’t know the extent of the injuries."
KTRK-TV shared some raw video of the blaze:
KHOU-TV filed this video report from the scene:
It is not yet known what caused the explosion that started it all.
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