A horrific explosion and fire at a Texas petroleum processing plant Wednesday morning shook the Shepherd community.
Multiple fire agencies are reportedly on the scene and residents within a five-mile radius were asked to shelter-in-place.
Watch footage of the terrifying scene below:
BREAKING: A Massive Fire Has Broken Out at a Petroleum Processing Plant in Shepherd, TX
Multiple fire agencies are on the scene and residents within a five-mile radius are being asked to shelter in place. pic.twitter.com/NSQZtegwGZ
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) November 8, 2023
🚨 JUST IN: A shelter-in-place order has been issued for towns surrounding Shepherd, TX after a MASSIVE explosion at a chemical plant
Multiple injuries have been reported, and the smoke can be seen for MILES pic.twitter.com/4AAXkKG5dX
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) November 8, 2023
There was a large explosion at a chemical processing plant in Shepard, Texas. 🔥
Authorities want residents to shelter inside. pic.twitter.com/TlKEdBUYQA
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) November 8, 2023
🔥🚨BREAKING: There has been an explosion at a chemical plant in Shepherd Texas. pic.twitter.com/URFXhxxcee
— Dom Lucre | Breaker of Narratives (@dom_lucre) November 8, 2023
“A chemical plant exploded in San Jacinto County Wednesday morning and emergency personnel have asked residents within a five-mile radius to take shelter,” the Houston Chronicle writes.
A chemical plant exploded in San Jacinto County Wednesday morning and emergency personnel have asked residents within a five-mile radius to take shelter.
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) November 8, 2023
From the Houston Chronicle:
One person has been injured with minor burns after a chemical plant exploded in San Jacinto County Wednesday morning, and emergency personnel were asking residents in nearby neighborhoods to take shelter.
The person was only identified as an employee at Sound Resource Solutions, according to Emmitt Eldridge with the San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management. The employee is currently in stable condition at Memorial.
The San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management posted a warning on Facebook alerting people about a chemical plant fire around 9 a.m. at FM 1127.
“All other residents living in a five-mile radius around this location should shelter in place at this time,” according to emergency personnel.
Huge explosion at a chemical plant in Shephard, Texas, just North of Houston pic.twitter.com/DaRLz3le2Q
— • ᗰISᑕᕼIᗴᖴ ™ • (@4Mischief) November 8, 2023
DEVELOPING: Dark smoke and flames rise high into the sky at the site of a massive reported chemical fire in San Jacinto County, Texas. pic.twitter.com/7boNpvjWsB
— ABC News (@ABC) November 8, 2023
Per NBC News:
The Precinct 2 Constable of San Jacinto County said the impacted building was a petroleum processing plant.
Highway 59 is closed due the explosion and locals are urged to use alternate routes.
The Polk County Emergency Management Office said that the plume of smoke from the explosion was heading towards the Livingston area and advised locals to shelter in place and turn off HVAC systems in homes and business “immediately.”
“At this time, the effects of the chemical in the air are unknown,” Polk County officials said.
The Livingston Police Department similarly urged its residents and businesses to shelter in place and turn off air conditioning systems until further notice.