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Explosions reported at plant that lost power due to Harvey

1 year 2 weeks 5 days ago Thursday, August 31 2017 Aug 31, 2017 August 31, 2017 5:42 AM August 31, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP

HOUSTON- Two explosions have been reported at a Houston-area chemical plant that lost power amid flooding from Harvey.

Media outlets  said in a statement from the company, the Harris County Emergency Operations Center reported two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc. plant early Thursday.

In a tweet, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said a deputy was taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes. Nine other deputies drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution, the paper reported.

A spokeswoman for the plant in Crosby, Texas, said late Wednesday that the flooded facility had lost power and backup generators amid Harvey flooding, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises.

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