A major explosion at a chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas, located approximately an hour outside Houston, has ignited a significant fire, leading to evacuations and stay-at-home orders in the area. The incident occurred on Wednesday morning, as reported by the San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management via a Facebook post.
The explosion and subsequent fire reportedly took place at a petroleum processing plant, according to information provided by the precinct 2 constable for San Jacinto County, as cited by NBC News. During a press conference held on Wednesday, Geoff Harfield, President of Sound Resource Solutions, revealed that one employee sustained minor burns to his body in the incident and is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital.
The chemical plant fire has released substantial plumes of smoke into the sky, with several images circulating on social media platforms.
In response to the emergency, a nearby private school evacuated 31 children to a nearby building for their safety. Additionally, a section of US Highway 59 has been closed temporarily, as confirmed by the county’s emergency management office.
Residents within a five-mile radius of the chemical plant were initially instructed to remain indoors as a precautionary measure. However, officials later revised the shelter-in-place order, limiting it to those within a one-mile radius, as communicated by the county’s emergency management office.
The situation continues to develop, and it is crucial for residents and the public to remain informed through credible news sources and adhere to directives issued by local authorities regarding safety precautions and evacuations if located in the affected vicinity.
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