Fire at chemical plant briefly shuts Houston Ship Channel

An explosion and fire at the Ineos chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas on Wednesday March 22nd briefly forced the Houston Ship Channel to close to traffic.

One person was reported as hospitalized after a fire ignited a “boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion” (BLEVE) at the Ineos Phenol site in Pasadena. An over-the-road tanker truck transporting LPG became overpressurized and exploded, according to officials.

Harris County Office of Emergency Management said that there was no pollution and no hazard to shipping or to the public.

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