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La Porte Chemical Leak Leaves Four Workers Dead

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 15-Nov-2014

On Saturday morning, a chemical leak at an industrial plant in La Porte resulted in the death of four industrial workers and non-fatal injuries to one more. According to the most recent reports, the plant began to leak a chemical (methyl mercaptan) at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday. It continued to leak for the next two hours until it was officially contained by 6 a.m.

The hazardous chemical, which is also known as methanethiol, is colorless with a putrid smell that is akin to rotten eggs. It is frequently used in crop protection products and to provide an odor to natural gas. According to the spokesman of the plant, four workers were directly exposed. The strong smell is a nuisance for those living in the local area, but it is not toxic for nearby residents.

Currently, the cause of the chemical plant accident is unknown, but an investigation is set to begin shortly.

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