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Thick black smoke fills air as Texas chemical plant explosion sparks large fire


Texas chemical plant explosion sparks large fire as thick black smoke fills air

Thick black smoke was seen rising into the air after an explosion triggered a large fire at a chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas, on Wednesday morning (8 November).

San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management confirmed the incident prompted the evacuation of a nearby private school and a five-mile shelter-in-place warning.

The impacted building was a petroleum processing plant, according to officials.

All employees are accounted for, with only one worker suffering a minor burn injury, ABC News reports, while no information has been provided on the cause of the explosion.

The city of Shepherd is just under 60 miles north of Houston.

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