Port Neches Plant Explosion Causes Extensive Damage to City
On November 27, 2019, the Port Neches chemical plant off Highway 366 exploded multiple times. The plant, which manufactures highly flammable butadiene and raffinate, initially exploded around 1 a.m.. More explosions occurred later in the afternoon. Currently, the fire is contained.
As a result of the Port Neches plant explosion, thousands of people underwent an emergency evacuation. Jefferson County Judge, Jeff Branick, ordered mandatory evacuations within a four-mile radius of the Port Neches plant. Areas affected included:
- Port Neches
- Beauxart Gardens
- Central Gardens
- Port Arthur
Judge Branick’s order was lifted on November 29, except for immediate areas near the plant.
What Caused the Plant Explosion in Port Neches?
The cause of the explosion continues to be under investigation. The plant is owned by Texas Petroleum Chemical Group (TPC Group). According to TPC Group, they cannot speak to the cause of the accident. However, local officials suggest the explosions started near the facility that produces butadiene.
Have You Suffered Damage in the Port Neches Plant Explosion?
TPC Group stated that a few workers were injured in the initial explosion. Residents and business owners have reported property damage and injuries. The police department has stated that the city has suffered extensive damage due to the explosion.
Filing a Claim for the Port Neches Explosion
According to a TPC Group press release, those who have been affected can contact the TPC Community Assistance Helpline to file a claim. However, we strongly recommend that you speak with an experienced attorney before signing anything from TPC group or filing a claim. Unfortunately, TPC Group may not be on your side when fulfilling claim requests.
If you have suffered injuries or property damages in the Port Neches plant explosion, you may have a viable claim to recover compensation. You may also file a claim to recover evacuation costs. Reach out to our Houston industrial accident lawyer to discuss your situation in a free consultation.
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