Fire and Explosions Rock Natural Gas Liquids Plant East of Houston
February 8, 2011 4:02:00 pm
"We had a failure of some type on one of our pipelines that is connected to our what's called our west storage facility at the Mont Belvieu complex. What this facility does is essentially store natural gas liquids."
The plant is in an isolated area, but a nearby school district had students shelter-in-place. The fire is being allowed to burn itself out.
"We don't know how it happened, but that's going to be fully investigated. We've blocked in the pipelines that feed this facility."
The first explosions were noted at about 12:15 this afternoon, with flames shooting about 100 feet into the air.
For more pictures of the fire, visit the KHOU Ch.11 Website.