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.