Several explosions at the TPC Group chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas caused three worker injuries in late November, but the impact didn’t stop there. Some plant neighbors miles away saw damage to their homes or properties. It is not yet known if either the injured workers or the impacted homeowners have hired an attorney.
The incident started at 1:00 a.m. on November 27th. The explosion at the plant, which creates products for petroleum and chemical businesses, damaged windows and doors of residences in the surrounding area. The accident reportedly set three tanks on fire and released burning butadiene (a gas used to create plastics and synthetic rubber) into the air. Butadiene is considered a health hazard that can cause cancer and cardiovascular disease, sources say, but the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reported that the quantities released were not hazardous.