Two explosions at a chemical plant in Texas on Wednesday evacuated 60,000 people in Port Neches, Texas. Three workers were injured early Wednesday in a massive explosion at the Texas chemical plant that also blew up windows and doors to nearby homes. There were no casualties in Wednesday morning's explosion at a plant near Portland, but three Texas towns had to be evacuated after a second explosion at a chemical plant blew up doors of homes and injured three people.
At least five people are dead and more than 160 injured, some recovering from burns after an explosion on Thursday morning. The Tri - Chem Industries plant was It was just too hot and initial reports said the explosion occurred just after 4.30am, but it occurred at a house about 800 metres from the plant in Port Neches, Texas. Three workers at the Trichem plant near Portland, Oregon, recovered from burns after the explosions on Thursday afternoon.
While citizens and government officials there are still assessing the extent of the damage, others point to the explosion and fire that occurred on March 23, 2005 in the US territories of Texas and New Mexico as evidence that an explosion or fire has occurred at the Texas City refinery in Port Neches, Texas. The initial explosion disrupted the lives of more than 1,000 workers and local fire department personnel, destroying their own fire equipment and extinguishing the personnel and department that were trying to extinguish the fire in the S and S territories. It was also the largest fire at a refinery in Texas history and the second largest in North America after the explosion at the Texas City refineries on April 4, 2006, when a hydrocarbon vapor cloud ignited and exploded, killing 15 workers, injuring 180 others and severely damaging the refinery.
On the morning of September 7, the Texas Forest Service reported that 785 homes had been destroyed, with the fire only 30 percent contained. State fire officials said the Bastrop complex fire has destroyed more homes than any previous wildfire since records began, dwarfing the Possum Kingdom Lake fire in April that burned 168 homes. On Tuesday, Forestry Service spokeswoman April Saginor said 116 homes in Callahan County had been destroyed, more than double the previous record.
The events have drawn comparisons to two Texas disasters, also caused by ammonium nitrate, the 1947 Texas City explosion that remains one of the most devastating industrial accidents in Texas history. In that disaster, Keene was destroyed in a second explosion and the West Texas city was rocked by an ammonia nitrate explosion that killed 15 people, injured 160 and destroyed 150 homes. The Texas City disaster in 1947 was an industrial accident that occurred at a chemical plant in the Texas city, about 30 miles south of Austin.
An ammonium nitrate explosion nearly occurred as emergency workers responded to a fire at the plant. A third fire broke out and spread to the other two hours later, injuring 10 workers. In total, 15 people died, 170 others were injured, 5 were killed and 10 workers were injured in the explosion, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Chemical Safety Bureau.
The fire caused moderate damage to a house and was believed to be an electrical fire, he said. He said it caused "moderate damage" to the back of his house but believes it was an electrician's fire. The fire caused "moderate" damage to his home and he says it was "likely" an electrical fire.
Firefighters are trying to keep the fire out of Tule Ridge and Red Rock Mountain, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Kauffman & Co. employees were left in the dark about fire safety protocols when they were called to an electrical repair at their plant in Lubbock, Texas, on Tuesday.
In addition to responding to calls for firefighting, the Bastrop Fire Department responded to incidents involving hazardous materials. La Grange Tire Inc. is a leading 150,000-mile service store in Texas with more than 1,500 employees. Lake Travis Fire and Rescue provides emergency services in the corridor RM 620 and Texas 71, including the Tule Ridge, Red Rock Mountain and Fort Bend County areas.
The Bond Fire is burning in Bastrop County, while the Corona Airport Fire and the Nuevo Fire are in Riverside County. Texas has been hit by record damage - blazing weather conditions this month in the Bastros County Complex. Texas A & M Forest Service, which fights wildfires in Texas, has pre-positioned fire retardant chargers to fuel the DC-10 and 747 fire fighting units arriving from California, requiring the use of these systems.
Texas Tech has signed a contract with Northeastern University's U-Emergency Services, which was canceled after a massive explosion in Houston. The explosion occurred when a fire broke out on the Texas Tech campus, injuring more than 100 people, many of them when a high-energy metal compound suddenly detonated.