Fire broke out and containers of chemicals burst at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, early Thursday, confirming fears that volatile organic peroxides produced at the plant could pose a threat after Hurricane Harvey knocked out safety systems.
The company had pulled its employees from the facility earlier this week, out of concern for their safety. Residents within a 1.5-mile radius of Arkema were also ordered to flee.
Because of flooding from Harvey, the plant lost power — and the ability to safely store chemicals that can explode and cause intense fires.
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