Around 12:15 pm local time on Wednesday, March 22, an explosion rocked the INEOS chemical plant in Pasadena, TX. The blast was visible from the nearby freeway and a fire broke out as a result.
HAZMAT crews and emergency responders raced to the scene in response to the explosion and fire. The cause is not yet clear, but sources report that it may have been a pipeline explosion.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted about the incident on Wednesday afternoon, announcing that one person had been transported to a local hospital.
Although no shelter in place has been ordered at this time, Beltway 8 at Texas 225 is shut down until further notice. The Houston Ship Channel Bridge, too, is closed.
INEOS Group is a global petrochemical manufacturer with operations in 29 countries throughout the world. It is currently unclear which chemical may be burning at their Pasadena plant.
This investigation is ongoing, and our plant accident attorneys are following the incident closely.