Two people killed in ‘mass casualty’ chemical leak at Texas factory


BREAKING: At least two people are killed and four others burned in ‘mass casualty’ chemical leak at Texas factory

  • Authorities responded to reports of a ‘mass casualty’ incident at the LyondellBasell Industries plant in La Porte at around 7.35pm Tuesday
  • Officials said a ‘process upset incident’ sparked a chemical release at the plant which makes polyethlene products
  • It is also the world’s third-largest producer of glacial acetic acid, a food preservative that is flammable and corrosive
  • At least two people have been confirmed dead and four others were said to have suffered burn injuries
  • The incident is still under investigation and it is unclear how many others may have been injured

Two people were killed and four others left with burn injuries following a leak at a chemical plant in Texas which officials described as a ‘mass casualty’. 

Authorities responded to reports of an incident at the LyondellBasell Industries plant in La Porte, outside Houston, at around 7.35pm Tuesday. 

Officials with the city’s Office of Emergency Management said a ‘process upset incident’ sparked a chemical release at the plant which makes polyethlene products. 

It is also the world’s third-largest producer of glacial acetic acid, a food preservative that is flammable and corrosive.  

At least two people have been confirmed dead and four others were said to have suffered burn injuries. The incident is still under investigation.  

Officials said the leak has been isolated and Harris County Pollution Control is on the scene to conduct air monitoring but there is no current threat to the community.  

‘There is no shelter in place or other protective actions being recommended for the La Porte community at this time,’ La Porte EMS said in a statement.  

This is a developing story. 

Two people were killed following a chemical leak at a LyondellBasell Industries plant in La Porte, Texas, on Tuesday which officials described as a ‘mass casualty’ (file photo)

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