Fiery Explosion Rips Through Chemical Plant After Apparent Mechanical Malfunction
Emergency personnel responded to what is described as "fiery"
Kuraray plant explosion in Pasadena late on Saturday morning. According
to emergency personnel at the scene of the explosion and fire, at least
21 workers were injured and evacuated to area hospitals. Due to the nature
of their injuries, two workers needed to be airlifted to area medical centers.
At this time, the 21 workers sent to the hospital as a result of the Kuraray
plant explosion are all expected to live. This includes individuals with
what have been classified as serious injuries. There were no reported
fatalities in the immediate aftermath of the explosion.
Additional workers at the chemical plant may have sustained injuries that
did not require hospitalization. However, no specific information about
other injuries has yet been made available to the media or the public.
Feds Launch Investigation Into Kuraray Plant Explosion
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced Monday morning, May 21, that the
federal agency had dispatched investigators to the scene of the Kuraray
plant explosion in Pasadena, outside Houston. In a statement released
by the Chemical Safety Board, the agency stated its investigators were
going to focus on a number of issues in the aftermath of the injury-causing
explosion at the chemical plant. The investigators will focus on issues
potentially associated with the Kuraray plant explosion that include:
- violation of appropriate safety management practices
- inadequacies in regulations
- departure from industry standards
In addition, the agency will also investigate what physical causes were
responsible for the Kuraray plant explosion. Preliminary investigation
by local officials on the scene suggests that the physical cause of the
explosion and tremendous fire that a pressure safety valve improperly
releasing ethylene. The early evaluation indicates that this improper
release of ethylene resulted in a violent flash fire in one of the processing
units at the chemical plant.
The Kuraray Plant Explosion Hotline
Area residents and others who may have questions about the Kuraray plant
explosion can obtain information by calling the Kuraray Plant Explosion
hotline at (713) 869-4747. The legal team at The Doan Law Firm has a background
in industrial mishaps like chemical plant explosions. The Kuraray Plant
Explosion Hotline is staffed around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
About the Kuraray Chemical Plant
The Kuraray Chemical Plant is located in Pasadena, at the intersection
of Choate Road and Bay Area Boulevard. The chemical plant creates a variety
of products that include polymers, textiles, fibers, as well as other
chemical solution. The materials created at the Kuraray Chemical Plant
are designed to enhance or strengthen products from a wide range of different
At the time of the Kuraray plant explosion, the facility was not in production
mode but was in the midst of what the company called "heavy maintenance
activities." As a result, there were 266 employees and contract workers
at the facility at the time of the explosion involved in the maintenance
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