FALL EXPLOSION #5 & 6: Port Neches TEXAS TPC GROUP Chemical Plant SECOND EXPLOSION!

A chemical plant blast has injured 3 and caused extensive damage to a Texas city as fire continues to burn

(CNN)An explosion rocked a Texas chemical plant early Wednesday, causing extensive damage across the small city of Port Neches and leaving at least three employees injured. A chemical fire burned at the site, about 90 miles east of Houston, the Nederland Volunteer Fire Department said. The blast erupted about 1 a.m. (2 a.m. ET), officials said. More explosions erupted Wednesday afternoon, according to local media and the fire department in nearby Groves. The focus was on containment and keeping surrounding storage tanks cool, said Troy Monk, director of health safety and security for TPC Group, which operates the Port Neches Operations site. The next priorities will be putting out the fire, then investigating its cause, he said. Source

SECOND EXPLOSION

Explosions rock TPC Group Plant in Port Neches; 3 injured 

PORT NECHES, Texas — More than twelve hours after a massive blast rocked the the TPC Group plant in Port Neches, Texas, another fiery explosion shook the area Wednesday afternoon.  Three workers were injured early Wednesday in the initial explosion that also blew out the windows and doors of nearby homes.  Port Neches and Groves is under a mandatory evacuation following the second explosion. Firefighters worked to contain a blaze that erupted after the blast at the TPC Group plant and sent a large plume of smoke stretching for miles.  The three workers who were injured during the blast —two TPC employees and a contractor — have been treated and released from hospitals in Port Arthur and Houston, said Troy Monk, TPC’s director of health, safety and security.  About 30 employees were working at the plant at the time of the explosion and all have been accounted for, according to TPC.  The plant in Port Neches in southeast Texas, about 80 miles east of Houston, makes chemical and petroleum-based products. Source



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