Pasadena, TX refinery exploded when a unit that makes diesel ruptured. According to a statement from
Petrobras, Brazil's national oil company that owned the refinery,
the fire started at approximately 10:15 a.m. and was contained by the
middle of the afternoon. Sources believe that the blast originated in
the compressor of the hydrotreater; all other units did not appear to
While, at one point, it appeared that three people had been injured, the
final accounting showed only one worker, a unit operator, had been injured.
He was taken to a local hospital and later released.
At 12:45 p.m. yesterday, portions of the Houston Ship Channel were re-opened
after being shut down due to the smoke coming from the refinery's fire.
"The fire has been contained and the facility is in a safe condition,"
said Petrobras yesterday. "Authorities have been notified and are
supporting the response. Air monitoring has been conducted by Pasadena
Refining and Harris County Pollution Control, with no indications of any