Explosion, Fire Hit Pasadena Chemical Plant; 21 Injured

Chron, May 21, 2018

Twenty-one workers were injured Saturday morning when a flash fire and explosion rocked a chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.  Preliminary findings indicate a pressure safety valve released ethylene, causing a flash fire in a process unit, officials said. About 270 workers were inside when the valve blew. The facility is operated by Kuraray America, Inc. the U.S. subsidiary of Tokyo-based special chemical manufacturer Kuraray, which produces dental, fiber, resing, and elastomer products.  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) records show no past violations at the site. A four-person investigative team from the CSB has been deployed to the scene to investigate the cause(s) of the incident.

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