Fertilizer Plant Explodes Near Waco

Late this evening, a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, a town outside of Waco, exploded, resulting in several home fires and trapping residents of a nearby apartment home in their facility. The explosion was so massive that it could be felt as far away as Dallas, Texas, which is almost 100 miles away from West. According to officials with the Department of Public Safety, several people have suffered severe injuries. At this time, it is unknown what caused the explosion or how severe the damage from the explosion is.

We will be sure to follow this story closely and will post updates as more information becomes available.


Chemical Explosion in LaPorte Causes Fire

On Monday afternoon, around 1pm, an explosion at a local chemical plant called AkzoNobel in La Porte, Texas resulted in a fire.

Smoke clouds could be seen from miles away, according to reports on the incident. These smoke clouds prompted emergency responders to arrive and evacuate the building quickly. The fire took 45 minutes to be brought under control by responders. The chemical company employs between 80 and 100 workers, all of which were evacuated.

One worker was injured in the accident, and was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment. Further information on the worker’s condition is not known at this time.

Representatives for the chemical plant say that “it’s too early” to determine the cause of the fire, though it has been confirmed that the burning material was magnesium oxide, which is not toxic. Workers returned to their jobs later in the afternoon.

This event comes less than one month after another explosion in LaPorte resulted in the death of one worker.


Update: La Porte Explosion Leaves 1 Injured, 1 Dead

An explosion at the Air Liquide plant in La Porte has left one employee seriously injured and another dead, according to officials investigating the accident. The body of the employee who had been reported missing, Javier Ortiz, was identified by investigators Sunday. Ortiz was a chemist at the plant, and leaves behind a wife and three children.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ortiz family as they deal with this tragic loss.


Pipeline Explosion Prompts Investigation by Texas Railroad Commission

A large gas pipeline explosion occurred this past Wednesday night, around 6 p.m., in Ector County, near Midland-Odessa. The explosion occurred near the DCP Midstream natural gas plant, and as of now, the cause of the blast is unknown.

To try and see what caused this explosion, the Texas Railroad Commission is sending an inspector from the commission’s Pipeline Safety Division to investigate. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed in the explosion, as workers near the site of the blast were able to run to safety in time. However, the explosion resulted in a fire that destroyed a welding shop and a blast that was heard by residents miles away.

The affected pipeline was owned by West Texas Gas, and the Texas Railroad Commission says that they’ll conclude their investigation into this explosion in 90 days, at which time they’ll release their findings.

 


Oil Rig Explosion in Gulf Coast

An oil and gas rig operated by Black Elk Energy Co. in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast line, exploded into flames on November 16, 2012. The incident occurred during what the Louisiana governor’s office described as a maintenance operation, and reports indicate that no oil has so far been spilled into the Gulf as a result of the incident.

According to early reports from KHOU-TV, four people who were on the platform at the time of the explosion had to be airlifted off the rig for treatment and two remain missing following the accident. Additionally, some sources have reported that there were two deaths, but the Coast Guard has not been able to confirm this. No further details have been provided at this time, as an investigation of the cause of the accident and extent of damages has yet to be concluded.

It is our sincere hope that those who did suffer injury will make a full recovery. Our thoughts go out to the victims of this incident and their families.


Workers Harmed in Conroe Gas Explosion

Earlier today, an explosion occurred at an Amerigas Cylinder Exchange Facility in Conroe, Texas, which is reported to have caused six or more people to suffer from burns and possibly other injuries, according to Life Flight officials and as reported by ABC 13.

While the  origins of the explosion have yet to be confirmed, officials with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed that the explosion occurred at 12:25 p.m. and injured a number of people.

Being involved in an explosion can cause a person to sustain severe and life-threatening injuries. When these accidents are the result of someone’s negligence, victims may be able to pursue compensation for their losses. To learn more, contact the Houston explosion lawyers of Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640 to discuss possibly taking legal action.


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