Texas Chemical Plant Explosion Leaves 1 Worker Dead, 3 Hurt

From ABC: Officials say an explosion at a Houston-area chemical plant has left one worker dead and three hurt.

Pasadena police say the tank accident happened Saturday afternoon at the PeroxyChem Bayport Plant.

A statement from Philadelphia-based PeroxyChem says the workers were doing a routine function when the contractor’s equipment exploded.

A contractor died at the scene. Two PeroxyChem employees and another contractor were taken to a hospital. Police say one worker has a broken arm, while the other two were being treated for exposure.

Pasadena police spokesman Vance Mitchell says the tank spill involved about 1,000 gallons of an oil-based cleaning solution. The company didn’t immediately identify the chemical or release names of the victims.

PeroxyChem says the accident is under investigation.

Pasadena is 10 miles east of Houston.

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Pasadena has been the location for other tragic explosions, from SNOBLIC (youtube). On Oct. 23, 1989, an explosion that registered 3.5 on the Richter Scale rocked a chemical complex in Pasadena, TX.

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