ExxonMobil Baytown Explosion Declared ‘Major Industrial Accident’ As Multiple Injuries Reported

Several people have been injured after an explosion at the ExxonMobil plant in Baytown, Texas, early on Thursday morning.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that deputies were attending the scene of « a major industrial accident at 3525 Decker Dr. in Baytown. »

The facility houses a chemical plant, an olefins plant and a 560,500 barrel-per-day oil refinery. It is located around 25 miles from Houston.

Residents in the area reported hearing the blast at around 1 a.m. according to CNN.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted that « four persons may be injured, » but he added that there were « no reports to evacuate or shelter-in-place. »

ExxonMobil tweeted that it was coordinating with local officials and « working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. »

The Baytown refinery started operations in 1920 with the chemical plant opening in 1940. The facility is located along the Houston Ship Channel on about 3,400 acres. It employs about 7,000 people.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

The ExxonMobil gas refinery in Baytown, Texas, is shown in this picture taken in 2006. Harris Counties deputies attended a fire at the facility early on December 23.
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