Second Chemical Eruption, Fire and Smoke at Crosby Site
A second chemical eruption is reported Friday evening at the Arkema chemical site at Crosby, Texas, where heat and water sensitive materials have reached volatility after refrigeration systems failed because of high water from Hurricane Harvey.
An spokesman for the French-owned company said some of the chemical containers are being monitored and were heard rupturing midday Friday as nitrogen refrigerations trucks are foced open by chemical pressures inside.
The plant is about 20 miles northeast of downtown Houston.
Officials have evacuated residents in a one-and-a-half mile area around the plant, but Harris County emergency officials are asking those who remain nearby to shelter in place, meaning don't leave homes or offices, and to turn off air conditioners.
All employees were evacuated Tuesday.
More chemical eruptions are expected as containers reach a volatile state without refrigeration and with possible exposure to moisture.
The chemicals from at least one container have now resulted in a fire said to be the size of half a city block at the plant, sending black smoke into the sky above.
Harris County sheriff's deputies have been standing by at the plant site with gas masks, where one deputy was overcome by fumes from the first chemical container eruption early Thursday morning and was sent to a hospital and at least nine others were given medical checkups following exposure to fumes.
Houston's KPRC-TV said Thursday that the company has a history of serious federal regulatory violations that include inaccurate piping diagrams, inadequate training, insufficient equipment inspection, insufficient equipment testing and failure to maintain equipment safety systems, with one penalty assessed last August for violations the company said have been corrected.
The company manufactures organic peroxides, but
By Mike Shiloh
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