In the last two years, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has launched investigations into seven separate chemical accidents or explosions in the Houston area. Prior to 2018, the CSB only conducted roughly one investigation per year. Investigators believe that the massive increase in accidents which require an investigation by the CSB is due to a variety of factors such as the large number of chemical companies in the Houston area, the age of the infrastructure, and companies being allowed to self-regulate. Many of these explosions and fires have directly led to the deaths of workers, bystanders, millions of dollars in property damage, and the evacuation of tens of thousands of local residents who risk being exposed to toxic chemicals. The sheer number of chemical accidents even surprises veteran attorneys who have experience representing plaintiffs in these accidents. "We see two or three in a year, or one major event - but in the past two years or so, there have been so many fires and explosions", said Benny Agosto Jr., who recently spoke with Bloomberg Environment on the frequency of these accidents.
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On Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:24am, an explosion occurred in Northwest Houston at the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing Plant. Residents in the area experienced a rude awakening that left many homes damaged, people injured, and two employees dead. Estimates thus far have declared over 450 homes damaged, ranging from categories described as "minor" to other property owners faced with crumbling ceilings, shattered windows, and cracked building foundations. Debris from the explosion scattered across Northwest Houston as far as a half-mile radius, causing damage to over 200 homes and businesses in the surrounding area.
In April 2013, an explosion at an ammonium nitrate storage facility rocked the small town of West, Texas, and killed over a dozen people, including first responders.
Benny Agosto, Jr. and Muhammad Aziz, both partners at the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, are investigating the recent Kuraray Americas refinery explosion on behalf of multiple injured clients.
Explosions ripped through the San Pablito fireworks market north of Mexico City on Tuesday, killing at least 29 people and injuring dozens more. The explosion occurred in Tultepec, about 25 miles north of Mexico City. The town is known for its pyrotechnics industry and the market is popular for fireworks sales. The market was especially crowded as locals shopped for fireworks to mark Christmas and New Year celebrations. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known; however, this is the third such explosion to occur at the market since 2005.
On July 31, 2015, a twenty-one year old University of Alabama student died in Amarillo, Texas as the result of a fireworks explosion.