Explosions Reported At Flooded Arkema Chemical Plant In Texas, At Least 9 Police Officers Sent To Hospital

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Smoke and an explosion were reported on Thursday at the flood-hit Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, Houston TV station Fox 26 reported.  The company evacuated remaining workers at the damaged plant on Tuesday, and Harris County ordered the evacuation of residents within a 1.5-mile (2.4-km) radius of the plant, which makes organic peroxides used in the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, paints and other products. 605605-floods-in-houston-texas-usThe French chemicals group has confirmed two explosions at its plant in Crosby, Texas, and added there was a risk of further explosions at the site.

 

“We want local residents to be aware that the product is stored in multiple locations on the site, and a threat of additional explosion remains,” Arkema said in a statement.

 

“Please do not return to the area within the evacuation zone until local emergency response authorities announce it is safe to do so,” it added.

 

Nine people have reportedly driven themselves to the hospital as a precaution after reports of smoke and explosion at the plant.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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