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Enterprise Products Explosion and Fire
The Enterprise Products chemical plant explosion occurred around 12:15 p.m. local time on February 8, 2011. A series of explosions were felt as far away as Anahuac and Crosby. The fire sparked flames that could be seen for seven miles, and thick black smoke filled the air. The flames engulfed a section of the plant, and several cars in the facility’s parking lot were also set aflame. The fire was said to be out of control, and crews had no choice but to let the blaze burn itself out.
Between 600 and 700 people work at the Enterprise Products plant. According to MSNBC, one person – a contractor at the plant – is unaccounted for. However, it has been reported that the individual was seen leaving the plant before the explosion. There were no early reports of injuries.
While flames were not near homes, the nearby Barbers Hill Independent School District ordered students to stay indoors as a precaution. Nearby streets were closed, but no evacuations were ordered.
Houston-based Enterprise is one of the country’s largest shippers and processors of natural gas and owns 49,100 miles of onshore and offshore pipelines. According to the Houston Chronicle, the facility separates natural gas liquids into different components before storage or injection into pipelines. It has a capacity of about 305,000 barrels of natural gas liquids per day. It is located north of the Houston Ship Channel and its row of crude oil refineries.
Mont Belvieu is a major natural gas storage and processing hub sitting atop a salt dome formation, where the natural gas industry stores more volatile hydrocarbons than anywhere else in the world. Explosions and gas leaks plagued the town throughout the early 1980s. A coalition of area petrochemical companies bought out 200 families in the town later in 1986, and the center of the town was moved two miles down the road.