A significant fire erupted at the Sound Resource Solutions chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas, just outside Houston, causing community concern and immediate action by local authorities on November 8, 2023.
The incident, which began with an explosion early Wednesday morning, resulted in one minor injury among the plant’s workers and led to the evacuation of a nearby private school. Officials from the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management swiftly responded, with Sheriff Greg Capers and Emergency Management Coordinator Emmitt Eldridge providing updates.
While the blaze has been largely extinguished and contained, fire personnel remain vigilant for any potential re-ignition at the site. Air quality assessments have so far indicated no chemical presence in the air, offering some reassurance to the residents.
Despite the lifting of the shelter-in-place order by Polk County Emergency Management, the community has been advised to minimize outdoor activities as a precautionary step following the incident. The sight of dark smoke earlier in the day was attributed to the combustion of flammable liquids and diesel, as reported by Sheriff Capers.
The plant, located approximately an hour north of Houston, had 19 employees present during the incident, all of whom have been accounted for. The cause of the explosion and subsequent fire is under investigation, and updates will follow as more information becomes available.
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