Enterprise Petroleum Plant Fire Scares Neighborhood

February 9th, 2011 - 9:02 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
110208-texas-explosion-vert-1pgrid-4x2Feb 9, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Enterprise Products Petroleum plant at Mont Belvieu that has been ravaged by a series of powerful explosion and fire is hogging headlines. The neighborhood is on tenterhooks after the powerful blasts ripped the plant facilities. Across the town the residents heard the thunder of the blast and a lot of them could see the engulfing flame as well. Some of the older residents said that they saw industrial accidents earlier but its magnitude is almost unprecedented. The residents staying in the nearby ares have been asked to stay away from the area ravaged by the blast. The flames were still visible on Tuesday evening and the residents were asked to stay indoors. They were quite shaken by the blast.

The authorities later said that the flame will burn itself out at the Texas petroleum plant. Virgil Blasdel a police spokesperson said that the workers at the plant are believed to be safe. A probe will be carried out after the flame is doused to trace the origin of the blast. After the plant was hit by the blast a highway near the plant was closed down as a precautionary measure said the Texas Department of Public Safety. Firefighters from petrochemical plants and surrounding communities joined hands to defeat the flame. Luckily no one was found injured according to the reports though one person was missing after the event.

The fire also prompted a nearby school to close its classes. Enterprise Products had set up Mont Belvieu complex in the year 1979. The blaze did not affect the regular Ship Channel operations said the U.S. Coast Guard.

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