December 2, 2019 — Fires and explosions at the TPC chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas injured 3 people, damaged homes, and forced 60,000 residents to flee on the day before Thanksgiving.
The first explosion occurred just after 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27.
The blast injured 3 workers at the chemical plant, blew out windows and doors on nearby homes, and sent toxic plumes of burning chemicals into the air.
A second explosion occurred about 13 hours later. It blasted a metal distillation tower into the air like a missile. A third explosion occurred soon afterward, followed by several smaller explosions.
The TPC chemical plant in Port Neches makes chemical and petroleum-based products. The plant is located in southeast Texas, about 80 miles east of Houston.
Officials said the fires started in area of the plant that makes butadiene, a chemical that is used to make synthetic rubber and other products.
TPC warned that asbestos could have been blown into surrounding neighborhoods.
Residents were told not to touch any metallic debris and things covered in a white, chalky substance. No measurable concentration of asbestos has been detected in the air.
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