Explosion, fire at INEOS chemical plant in Pasadena injures 1
PASADENA, TX – One person was sent to the hospital following a major explosion and ensuing fire at a chemical plant in Pasadena on Wednesday afternoon.
According to a report by KTRK, the explosion was caught by a traffic camera near the INEOS chemical plant on the Pasadena Freeway at about 12:07 p.m.
Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia Says the incident occurred due to a “bleve explosion,” which happens when a container holding pressurized liquid breaks due to excessive heat.
A preliminary investigation revealed that a tanker truck was transferring liquid petroleum gas through a hose when it ruptured, causing a massive explosion.
“When you have a liquid petroleum or a liquid propane inside a tank, the fire that occurred outside can heat the tank to the point that the inside is boiling and the pressure is so great that it overcomes the release mechanisms, the safety valves, and the container holding it explodes,” said Mitchell Weston, Chief Investigator with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.
As a result of the explosion, one unidentified person was taken to an area hospital. Although their injuries are not specified in the report, the individual is reportedly in stable condition.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo assured residents via a written statement that they were safe from hazardous material leaks or contaminated water.
Judge Hidalgo Update on INEOS Plant Explosion. pic.twitter.com/L76X8UioDZ
— Office of Judge Lina Hidalgo (@HarrisCoJudge) March 22, 2023
Fire crews were able to knock down the blaze by 1:17 p.m.
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