Thick smoke comes out again of chemical plant in Hurricane-hit Texas: TV footage

02 September 2017, 05:46 AM
Hurricane Harvey (Twitter Image)
Hurricane Harvey (Twitter Image)

A fresh blaze broke out at a chemical plant in Texas that was flooded as a result of Hurricane Harvey on Saturday, sending a giant plume of thick black smoke billowing into the sky, TV footage showed.

Officials at the Arkema plant in Crosby, northeast of Houston, had left volatile chemicals in nine truck-sized containers after the storm cut power used to cool the organic peroxides used to make plastics and other materials.

Local TV footage this evening showed a fresh blaze and thick black smoke.

An employee at the plant confirmed to AFP: “It’s the reaction we were expecting to happen.

“Measures have already been taken and the area has been evacuated and there’s no people around.”

The first of the nine containers caught fire and burned for nine hours overnight Wednesday into Thursday.

It forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents within 2.4 kilometers of the plant.

First Published: Saturday, September 02, 2017 05:40 AM
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