New explosion in Texas chemical plant, tens of thousands ordered to evacuateChristian Fernsby ▼ | November 28, 2019
Tens of thousands of residents in Texas have been ordered to flee as firefighters struggle to contain a massive blaze at a chemical plant, following a series of explosions in the facility.
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Communities affected by the mandatory evacuation order include Port Neches, Nederland, Groves, Beauxart Gardens, Central Gardens as well as portions of Port Arthur.
At least one powerful secondary explosion rocked the plant amid ongoing efforts to extinguish the fire, which has been burning for over 12 hours already.
Collapsing flaring stacks at the facility pose risk of additional explosions, according to Jefferson County Emergency Management Coordinator Michael White.
Two employees and one contractor were injured in the initial blast, but all three have been released from hospital after treatment. There were up to 27 workers on site at the time of the incident, according to local officials.
A column of black smoke could be seen from 50 miles away. Residents were advised to avoid black soot emanating from the fire that could be seen floating in the air in areas around the plant. ■