Thursday 28 November 2019

10,000s of people evacuating after chemical plant explosions in Texas

This is a Youtube video of the massive explosion in a chemical plant in Port Neches on Nov. 27, 2019. People said they could feel it even 40 miles away. They could hear it from many miles away. 10,000s of people are evacuating the radius of a few miles near the plant.

A fire burned on Thursday and a smoke cloud covered the area. More explosions followed throughout the day. The blasts shattered some windows and destroyed some roofs.

The plant makes products for chemical and petroleum companies.

The fire is burning a chemical called butadiene (a colorless gas with a gasoline-like smell).
Butadiene is made from processing petroleum and is used to make synthetic rubber and plastics.

The fire was still burning 24 hours after the first explosion.


  1. These Texas chemical plant explosions at Port Neches are pretty brutal. It’s nice to know evacuations have been done. Chemical butadiene could be dangerous. It’s unfortunate that the blast was so powerful that it ripped doors off hinges of homes nearby. Hopefully, more petroleum refineries of Texas will be in compliance with pollution control laws in the future.

  2. Environmental groups have criticized, for some time, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for taking it too easy on polluters. They didn’t want to create big fines. Now for TPC (Texas Petroleum Chemicals Group), the fines would be very big. Violations were found in the plant in 2018. They mostly involved preventable emissions of hazardous air pollutants. This includes butadiene.

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