East Texas plant explosion leaves 3 injured

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PORT NECHES, Texas (AP) – Three workers were injured early Wednesday in a massive explosion at a Texas chemical plant that also blew out the windows and doors of nearby homes.

The fire continued to burn Wednesday morning at the TPC Group plant, after the blast sent a large plume of smoke that stretched for miles.

All employees have been accounted for, TPC said in confirming the three injuries.

The Nederland Volunteer Fire Department warned people living south of Interstate 10 near the plant to minimize their exposure to the chemical plume by sheltering in place, closing windows and turning off their heating and air conditioning systems.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for everyone within a half mile of the TPC plant, and the fire department said that evacuation could expand to wider area.

One worker suffered burns and was taken by medical helicopter to a Houston hospital. The others had a broken wrist and a broken leg.

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