Fire and Explosions Rock Natural Gas Liquids Plant East of Houston

A company spokesman says one worker is unaccounted for following a liquid gas pipeline explosion at a plant about 35 miles east of Houston in Mont Belvieu. Enterprise products spokesman Rick Rainey says the worker is a contract employee who was supposed to be at the site at the time of the blast, but didn't show up at a secure area where employees are told to report in case of an emergency. Authorities had initially said all workers were accounted for. Plant spokesman Rick Rainey.
Plant Explosion in Mon Belvieu

 

"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.