BAYTOWN – An explosion occurred in Baytown at the Olefins ExxonMobil Plant on Wednesday and it was reported that multiple people were injured as a result.
As of now, the fire has been contained after the explosion happened at approximately 11:07 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, which resulted in a fire and a flume of smoke to fill the sky, according to the City of Baytown.
Media sources are reporting that sixty-six people sought medical evaluation at the Houston Area Safety Council, however, the ExxonMobil Baytown plant stated that the report is inaccurate. A definitive number of injured people has not been announced, although the company did not that medical care was provided for six people with non-life threatening injuries.
The city activated its emergency alert to inform its residents to shelter in place as a precautionary measure.
“A fire has occurred at our Baytown Olefins Plant and our fire team is working to extinguish the fire. We are conducting personnel accounting. Our first priority remains the safety of people, including our employees, contractors and the community,” stated a statement issued by the plant via Twitter. “As a precaution, our industrial hygiene staff is conducting air quality monitoring at the sire and at the fence line, and we are cooperating with regulatory agencies. We regret any disruption or inconvenience this incident may have caused the community.”
The cause of the explosion is unknown but an investigation is underway.
While monitoring air quality, the plant’s Industrial Hygiene determined that at this time there are no adverse impacts on the community.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday the plant announced that the City of Baytown lifted the shelter in place order.
KHOU 11 Investigates stated that the Texas Commission on Environmental Agency has previously, in the last decade, fined the ExxonMobil Baytown Complex plant 22 times, resulting in nearly one million dollars in penalties.
This is a developing story.
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