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Crosby – Explosion and Fire at Chemical Plant Kills One, Injures Two

Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 2:46 pm by Williams Hart   

There was an explosion at a chemical plant in Crosby, TX this morning. One person has been reported dead and another two are injured.

The fire started when a transfer line ignited near a tank of Isobutylene, causing the explosion. The tank continues to burn while firefighters have been called to the scene. An adjacent building is also on fire.

A “shelter in place” warning has been issued to all residents within a one-mile area of the fire, which broke out at the KMCO plant at 16500 Ramsey Road. This means that students at Crosby ISD schools will not be allowed to leave their campuses until the warning is lifted. Other school districts are handling the warning based in their proximity to the fire. To maintain safety, other districts have cancelled outdoor activities and turned off their air conditioning systems in response to the airborne chemical leak.

We will closely monitor this chemical leak and provide more information as it becomes available.

If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.

Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.

Disclaimer: Williams Hart hopes that by showing how often catastrophic accidents occur, we can begin a conversation about how to reduce or prevent them. We sincerely hope that the articles on our blog arm readers with the information needed to avoid being involved in such accidents. Content on this blog should not be construed as legal advice.


Pasadena explosion kills one, injures three

Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 10:41 am by Williams Hart   

One person was killed and three others injured in an explosion that took place at a Pasadena chemical plant, near Houston, this past weekend. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant when a contractor’s equipment exploded while performing a “routine function.”

Two of the individuals who were injured in the explosion were taken to the hospital to receive treatment for exposure, while another received treatment for a broken arm. The individual who was killed in the explosion passed away at the plant itself.

Vance Mitchell, spokesman for the Pasadena police, stated that approximately 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution were spilled as a result of the explosion, though the exact name of the chemical was not released.

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.


Three people injured in Pasadena chemical storage plant explosion

Posted on Friday, October 9th, 2015 at 9:55 am by Williams Hart   

In the second industrial explosion to take place within a week in Pasadena, TX, three people were injured when an explosion and subsequent fire occurred at a chemical storage plant owned by Schultz Container Systems. The Houston Fire Department responded to the incident and two firefighters, as well as one employee of the plant, sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital.

There were approximately 30 employees cleaning containers at the plant when a “flash explosion” of some type of chemical occurred. Firefighters struggled to battle the blaze, as they were unsure of what chemicals were involved in the explosion and following fire. The condition of those injured is not known at this time, and the cause underlying cause of the explosion is still being investigated.


Explosion at Pasadena Chemical Plant Injures Four

Posted on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 at 9:39 am by Williams Hart   

An explosion on Friday at a Pasadena, TX chemical plant resulted in injuries to four workers, including one 42-year-old man who was sent via life flight to a nearby hospital to receive treatment for severe chemical burns to his chest and face.

According to authorities, the plant, which was located on the Houston ship channel, manufactures a variety of different chemicals and is owned by Albemarle Corporation. The site is operational seven days a week, and employs 300 workers on site. Authorities reported that there was no risk of chemicals harming those in the nearby community, and as of Friday afternoon, a fire that resulted from the explosion had been put out.

Investigators are still looking into the incident to determine what caused the explosion in the first place. Our team here at Williams Hart will continue to monitor this situation and will provide more information as it becomes available.


Explosions at Conroe chemical plant cause 3-alarm fire, road closures

Posted on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 at 9:47 am by Williams Hart   

The first of a series of explosions at the DrillChem chemical plant in Conroe, TX, just north of Houston, occurred at 4:40 pm on Friday, August 14th. These explosions resulted in a massive 3-alarm fire at the plant, with safety officials closing nearby roadways and issuing a shelter in place ordinance for those living within a 2-mile radius of the plant.

A hazmat team from The Woodlands, as well as more than 50 firefighters, responded to the blaze and began fighting the fire at around 6 pm, with the fire coming under control around 6:15 pm. Loop 336 was re-opened by 8:30 pm, and the shelter request was lifted last night.

Authorities worried that there could have been individuals inside or near the plant at the time of the explosion. However, representatives of the company state that the last employee left for the day at 4pm.


Waller County chemical plant explosion leads to 12-alarm fire

Posted on Sunday, July 5th, 2015 at 9:27 am by Williams Hart   

According to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office, an explosion last night at Flowchem, a chemical plant that uses synthetic rubber to make a pipeline additive, caused a massive, 12-alarm fire that involved the entire plant. Multiple area fire departments responded to the fire, and residents living within two miles of the plant were asked to shelter in place. This request was lifted around 2 am. Thankfully, there are no reported injuries at this time, as there were no workers inside the plant at the time of the explosion. The Harris County Fire Marshall plans to visit the site this morning in an attempt to determine what caused the fire.


Second Louisiana Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, Several Injured

Posted on Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at 3:15 pm by Williams Hart   

An explosion occurred around 6 pm Friday evening at a CF Industries facility in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, located just miles from the site of Thursday’s deadly blast. According to State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer, nitrogen was being moved from an 18-wheeler by hose into a metallic “vessel” when pressure built up, resulting in the explosion. Sandifer is quoted as saying that this vessel should have been able “to hold thousands of pounds of pressure and it failed.”

One worker at the chemical plant has been reported dead and seven others were injured, some severely, and were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment. Sandifer also commented that the explosion doesn’t pose a threat to anyone near the site.

Our thoughts are with all the victims of this tragedy and their loved ones.


Chemical Explosion in LaPorte Causes Fire

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 10:53 am by Williams Hart   

On Monday afternoon, around 1pm, an explosion at a local chemical plant called AkzoNobel in La Porte, Texas resulted in a fire.

Smoke clouds could be seen from miles away, according to reports on the incident. These smoke clouds prompted emergency responders to arrive and evacuate the building quickly. The fire took 45 minutes to be brought under control by responders. The chemical company employs between 80 and 100 workers, all of which were evacuated.

One worker was injured in the accident, and was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment. Further information on the worker’s condition is not known at this time.

Representatives for the chemical plant say that “it’s too early” to determine the cause of the fire, though it has been confirmed that the burning material was magnesium oxide, which is not toxic. Workers returned to their jobs later in the afternoon.

This event comes less than one month after another explosion in LaPorte resulted in the death of one worker.

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