The LyondellBasell chemical processing plant, located at 1515 Miller Cut-Off Road, La Porte, Texas experienced a loss of containment event that killed 2 and injured dozens more. The explosion happened at 7:35 pm in the acetals area of the La Porte Complex when a unit experienced a loss of containment resulting in a leak of approximately 100,000 pounds of acetic acid, a food preservative that is commonly used in vinegar and can be flammable, as well as other potentially harmful substances, hydrogen iodide, and methyl acetate. These substances are toxic if inhaled and cause severe burns. Part of the unit was shut down for planned maintenance when the incident occurred, according to plant officials.
Two are confirmed dead and dozens more are injured in this mass casualty event. At least 30 workers have been taken to local hospitals. Injuries range from burns to inhalation injuries.
Harris County officials informed the public that the “leak is stopped, and cleanup is in progress.” There has been no shelter in place order issued at this time.
An investigation by OSHA, EPA, and the Chemical Safety Board is underway to determine the cause of the leak.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of the leak, it is important that they seek treatment immediately.
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