Earlier this afternoon, an explosion occurred at a natural gas plant in Mont Belvieu. Authorities have determined that the explosion took place at Long Star NGL (natural gas liquids) around 4:45 PM, just a few hours ago as of this writing. The cause of the explosion is not known, but will presumably be under investigation now that the fire is contained.
There have been no injuries reported yet. Police shut down State Highway 146 from FM-1942 to FM-565 to allow crews to contain the fire. The fire was contained within two hours of the explosion, according to Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne.
“We Knew It Wasn’t Thunder”
Mont Belvieu is a small working community about 30 miles east of Houston with abundant natural gas facilities. There were thunderstorms in the area earlier in the day, but witnesses to the explosion said they knew the explosion wasn’t more inclement weather. “The ground shook,” one witness said. “That’s why we knew it wasn’t thunder.”
KHOU 11 was able to get video of the fire:
About Lone Star NGL LLC
Lone Star NGL LLC was founded in 2011 and is a child company of Energy Transfer Partners, one of the largest energy companies in the United States. Energy Transfer Partners was recently in the news for having a large stake in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, North Dakota. The company had a reported revenue of $54.2 billion in 2019.
The explosion is currently being reported as an “industrial accident.” Our firm will stay updated on the story as the situation develops and the cause of the explosion is investigated.