USA: Two blasts at Arkema's flood-hit chemical plant near Houston, injuries reported

Police vehicles formed a cordon around an evacuation zone near Crosby, Texas, Thursday, following two explosions at the nearby Arkema chemical plant following flood damage from Tropical Storm Harvey. Several people have been taken to a local hospital, according to reports. Residents living within 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) of the facility have reportedly been evacuated. «At approximately 2 a.m... Еще. CDT, we were notified by the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant in Crosby, Texas», Arkema wrote in a statement. The statement goes on to say that although the plant followed a hurricane preparation plan, «unprecedented flooding overwhelmed our primary power and two sources of emergency backup power. As a result, we lost critical refrigeration of the products on site. Some of our organic peroxides products burn if not stored at low temperature».

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