Residents Told To Shelter In Place After Texas Petrochemical Fire

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Published on March 21, 2019 - Duration: 00:56s

Residents Told To Shelter In Place After Texas Petrochemical Fire

Reuters reports the City of Deer Park, Texas, issued a shelter-in-place advisory to its 34,000 residents Thursday.

The advisory came after reports of “action levels” of benzene or other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) within city limits.

The VOCs in the air were a result of a three-day blaze at Mitsui unit Intercontinental Terminals Co in the city.

Residents were advised to remain indoors, close all doors and windows and turn off air conditioning and heating systems. They were also told to cover any gaps, holes or cracks with wet towels or sheets to prevent vapors from entering their homes.

State environmental experts say at least 6.2 million pounds of carbon monoxide were released into the atmosphere.

Likewise, thousands of pounds of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and toluene were also released.

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