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
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
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.