On Saturday, January 16, 2016, an explosion occurred in Pasadena, Texas in the Bayport complex at a plant run by PeroxyChem. The explosion happened at a tank holding an oil-based cleaning solution. Three people were injured and one person died.
The tank exploded around 12:45 p.m. at the 12000 block of Bay Area in Harris County, Texas. A PeroxyChem spokeswoman stated two contractors and two employees were involved in the explosion. She stated the explosion was started when a contractor’s equipment exploded while the contractors and employees were conducting a routine function. The Pasadena Fire Marshal’s Office said the explosion was caused by an over-pressurized tank. The facility was last inspected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December 2014 and was found to be in compliance with the Clean Air Act. One contractor died at the scene, the other contractor and two employees were taken to the hospital. One of the injured suffered a broken arm, while the other two were exposed to chemicals.
The PeroxyChem plant involved in the explosion manufactures hydrogen peroxide. As a result of the incident, the oil based cleaning solution leaked. Currently, the incident is under investigation.
Plant explosions can cause serious injuries and often death. Further, chemical exposure, depending on level of toxicity, can cause irritation, burns, or inflammation. If you or someone you know was injured or killed in an accident involving a chemical explosion, it is important to understand your right to recover. Contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 800-594-4884 for a confidential consultation.