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3 injured ,evacuations ordered: Explosion erupts at Port Neches,TX Chemical Plant.


A statement from the plant and a spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said:
''An explosion at a chemical plant in southeastern Texas early on Wednesday injured at least three people and forced the evacuation of residents within half a mile of the site'' 
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The TPC Group- which owns the site- released the following statement about the explosion-The company's website says:
-At approximately 1:00 a.m. today, Wednesday, November 27 an explosion was reported at the TPC Group Port Neches Operations site located at 2102 TX-136 Spur, Port Neches, TX 77561 involving a processing unit.
-TPC Group has activated its Emergency Response Plan and requested assistance from Port Neches Fire Department and Huntsman.
-The event is on going, but will be brought under control as quickly and safely as possible.
-At this time, personnel at the site have been evacuated. We have accounted for all site personnel and 3 personnel have sustained injuries and are being treated.
-Right now our focus is on protecting the safety of responders and the public, and minimizing any impact to the environment.
The original report from TPC Group Here.

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One plant employee suffered a broken arm, while another sustained burns and had to be evacuated by air ambulance and the third was treated at a hospital and released, he added, and there were no fatalities.

It blew out the windows of buildings miles away and turned the night sky orange with fire, according to witnesses and images posted on social media. The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear, but the company said that it had involved a “a processing unit.”

The Nederland Volunteer Fire Department said in a Facebook post:
"Please be aware that there is a mandatory evacuation for everyone within a 1/2 mile of the TPC plant in Port Neches. This could change and expand to a greater area, so please pay attention to your local news station as this situation develops since we may not be able to keep this page updated this morning.
Please tune in to the local news stations for specific shelter in place or evacuation information."
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According to the American Chemistry Council, the chemical is primarily used to make rubber, neoprene and tires.
Judge Branick says the Port Neches plant makes butadiene.

When butadiene enters the environment, it's highly volatile and has low-water solubility. It is listed as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Short term exposure to concentrations greater than 10,000 ppm may irritate the eyes, nose and throat. It may cause drowsiness and lightheadedness. Direct contact with liquefied butadiene can cause frostbite-like burns to the eyes and skin.
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