‘Extremely Serious’ Explosions, Smoke Reported At Flooded Texas Chemical Plant

FILE PHOTO: Clouds from Hurricane Harvey are seen in the background as smoke rises from a burn off at an oil refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. August 26, 2017. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo

Two explosions were reported at a flooded chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, early Wednesday, the day after it was fully evacuated by authorities.

Arkema, the company in charge of the plant, released a statement saying the situation is “extremely serious,” according to ABC13.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter that one deputy has been taken to the hospital after he breathed in smoke from the plant, while nine others went to the hospital as a precaution. Company officials told the sheriff’s office the smoke is likely only a “non-toxic irritant.”

Authorities notified Arkema of the explosions early Wednesday morning. Both agreed that “the best course of action is to let the fire burn itself out” because of the nature of the chemicals, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Authorities have ordered an evacuation of the area within 1.5 miles of the plant. Residents more than 1.5 miles away are being told to take shelter in their homes.
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