KOLD-TV in Tucson reports that two explosions erupted at a chemical plant in Texas just hours apart on Wednesday, November 27th, leaving three people injured.
Texas officials say that the explosions happened at just after 1:00 a.m. at a facility owned by the TPC group in Port Neches, Texas. The plant manufactures petroleum-based products at the facility. The force of the blast could be felt miles away and was responsible for blowing out the windows and doors of homes that were located nearby.
Two workers and a contractor were injured in the accident and were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Officials say that one of the workers suffered burns while the others suffered broken bones. All three were treated and released and are expected to be ok.
The Jefferson County Management coordinator reports that there were other injuries reported by area residents, mostly related to injuries from broken glass. State officials will be monitoring water and air quality. So far, no issues have been found.
All of the other 27 workers who were at the plant at the time of the initial explosion have been accounted for and are uninjured.
A secondary blast rocked the TPC plant at approximately 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon that launched a reactor tower into the air. The second explosion at the TPC plant prompted top area official, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, to order a mandatory evacuation of Port Neches, Groves, Nederland, and portions of Port Arthur residents.
Port Neches authorities say that there is a mandatory 4-mile radius for a mandatory evacuation of homes surrounding the TPC plant. Officials have told reporters at local news station KFDM that they are uncertain how long the fire will burn.
According to Troy Monk, TPC’s director of health, safety, the plant currently has 175 full-time employees and 50 contract workers on its staff.