Texas Chemical Plant Explodes In the wake of flooding from Hurricane Harvey, explosions are reported at Arkema chemical plant.

Texas Chemical Plant Explodes

In the wake of flooding from Hurricane Harvey, explosions are reported at Arkema chemical plant.

By Alexa Lardieri, Staff Writer |Aug. 31, 2017, at 8:42 a.m.

Texas Chemical Plant Explodes
The Arkema Inc. chemical plant is flooded from Tropical Storm Harvey, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Crosby, Texas.

Two explosions were reported at the Arkema chemical plant. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Explosions Rip Through Arkema’s Texas Chemical Plant
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Two explosions were reported at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, near Houston, Thursday morning following “unprecedented flooding,” according to a press release from the plant. Arkema explained the overwhelming flood waters caused its primary and secondary power sources to break down and the facility lost vital refrigeration of various products, which caused them to burn.

 Shortly after the explosions around 2 a.m. CDT deputies responded to the scene and were exposed to a “non-toxic irritant.” One deputy was hospitalized and nine others drove themselves to the hospital as a precaution, the sheriff’s office said.

The facility closed and was being closely monitored leading up to Harvey’s arrival and the surrounding area was evacuated. However, “the high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it [the fire],” Rich Rowe, Arkema’s president and CEO, said in a statement.

The company also warned that these two explosions may not be the only ones. The organic peroxides that caused the fires are stored in multiple locations and there is a risk for additional explosions. Arkema is urging residents not to return to the area until authorities can announce that it is safe to do so.