Texas chemical fire explosion: Two blasts and black smoke rise from Arkema plant

A flood-stricken chemical plant in Texas has exploded, sending flames and plumes of black smoke into the sky after its power systems were overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey.

Smoke and a double explosion were reported in the early hours of Thursday at the Arkema SA chemical plant in Crosby, some 25 miles from Houston.

The company had evacuated remaining workers at the damaged plant on Tuesday, and Harris County ordered the evacuation of residents within a 1.5-mile (2.4-km) radius of the plant, which makes organic peroxides used in the production of plastic resins, polystyrene, paints and other products.
Flames shot up to 12m high, according to local officials.

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