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Explosion at Former BP Gas Plant in Mississippi

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 28-Jun-2016

Late Monday night, an explosion rocked an Enterprise gas plant—which was recently owned by BP—in Pascagoula, Mississippi. According to police, no injuries or fatalities occurred in the fiery explosion. Pascagoula Police Captain Shannon Broom was alerted to the plant explosion at around 11:30 p.m.

The Enterprise plant is located in Pascagoula, which is along the Gulf of Mexico. It refines the natural gas that comes from wells in the Gulf of Mexico, distributing it to other areas in the country.

Jackson County Emergency Services Directory Earl Etheridge reported that only two workers were present at the natural gas plant at the time of the explosion. They were both in an explosion-proof control room and didn’t suffer any injuries in the incident.

Many Evacuate Despite Lack of Police Order

News outlets reported that the flames shot high into the evening sky for hours following the explosion. Some could reportedly feel the vibrations from the blast up to 10 miles away. This is not the first time residents in the Pascagoula area experienced a plant explosion. In 2013, a Chevron oil refinery explosion claimed the life of one worker. In 2014 in nearby Moss Point, an Omega Protein plant explosion killed one worker and injured three others.

Even though Pascagoula police did not officially evacuate any of the homes in the nearby area, many local residents decided to leave their homes for their own safety.

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