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An explosion this morning at an ExxonMobile plant has left more than three dozen people with minor injuries.

Around 11:00 am, a large “boom” was heard by nearby residents and was quickly followed by a plume of thick black smoke emerging from the plant. Community Awareness Emergency Response teams were able to contain the fire late Wednesday afternoon.

ExxonMobil said a unit processing propane and propylene burst into flames which forced the city of Baytown to issue a shelter-in-place to surrounding neighborhoods and schools. They also conducted air quality monitoring at the site and fence line as a precaution.

So far, all injuries have said to have been minor and that no adverse environmental effects have been detected.


If you or someone you know has been injured in a work accident, call the lawyers at Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris for a free consultation at 713-364-0723.


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Jonathan S. Harris and Matthew D. Shaffer are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Other attorneys are not board certified.  Principal office is located in Houston, Texas.