This morning, a SunEdison silicon plant exploded near the Houston Ship Channel. According to the Pasadena police, the explosion and fire occurred in the early hours of the day; the fire at the chemical plant has since been reported as having been extinguished. It is currently unclear what originally caused the incident.
Four workers were injured during the explosion and subsequent fire.
The injured workers were taken to local hospitals to receive medical treatment for burn injuries; their burns were not believed to be life-threatening. Three of the workers have since been released per a spokesman from SunEdison. He, however, did not release any information regarding the status of the fourth injured worker.
SunEdison has stated they are focusing on employee safety as information is gathered regarding the accident.
"We are working with the plant, safety officials, and their staff," said Captain Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. "Right now there appears to be no danger to the community or the immediate area. It's really early in the investigation. We don't know exactly what happened."
Due to the fire, there was a discharge of silicon dioxide; however, it is not believed to adversely affect the environment. The Pasadena police spokesman has stated there is no immediate threat to the community.