At Least 9 Injured Following an Explosion and Massive Fire at Shell Chemical Plant in Deer Park, Texas

Figure 1: Shell refinery on fire in Deer Park, Texas on May 5, 2023. Photo credit:

On May 5, 2023, officials reported an explosion at the Shell Chemical Plant located in the 5900 Highway 225 near Center Street, in Deer Park, Texas.  

The explosion occurred at the Shell Chemical Plant along Highway 225 near Center Street, on Friday, May 5, 2023. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted that there was a heat exchange between two heavy gas oils.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez also reported that Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office will lead the investigation in coordination with multi-agency response. Several people reported hearing the explosion from miles away. At least nine contractors were reportedly injured and transported to hospital. 

In recent years we have had numerous explosions in Harris County and surrounding cities. Chemical plant explosions unfortunately result in catastrophic injuries and many workers while trying to flee the chemical plant from the blast their injuries are worsened. Evacuating a chemical plant after the initial blast is often traumatic for every worker in the plant because everyone is afraid of secondary explosion. 

As of today, our law firm represents multiple injured workers in this tragedy. At the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, we have successfully represented injured people and families of severely injured or deaths in catastrophic injuries and plant explosions. If you or a loved one has been injured under the same or similar circumstances or have been injured as a result of a catastrophic event, call Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner.

The law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is the longest-standing personal injury firm in Texas, and our attorneys have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to obtain just compensation for their clients. Call us today at 713-222-7211 and 1-800-870-9584 or visit our website for your free in person or virtual consultation.