An explosion at a chemical plant in southeastern Texas happened at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant in Port Neches, near Groves, east of Houston, around 1 a.m.
The explosion was reported in the Port Neches-Groves area of Texas, which is home to multiple chemical plants. All plant workers had been evacuated, and emergency management officials also ordered the evacuation of residents nearby, three people sustained minor injuries.
The Port Neches plant can produce more than 900 million pounds (408,233 metric tons) of chemicals, according to the company’s website.
The channel closed between 0200-0830 to all traffic. Traffic is resumed but restricted around area of TPC terminal until further notice from USCG. Besides restricted passage around the terminal no other operations have been affected. Terminals affected by restricted Channel access are Huntsman Port Neches, Motiva Port Neches, Sunoco Nederland and Phillips 66 Beaumont. These terminals are all within a 10 mile radius of TPC terminal. We have no estimated time when USCG will remove all restrictions.
Be advised that restriction around terminal is mostly in effect for non-commercial vessels and Pilots are still running commercial vessels to the terminals mentioned above with permission from USCG.
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