This morning, a Kuraray America plant exploded in Pasadena, TX on Bay Area Blvd and Choate Rd. According to early reports, the incident was caused by a valve that malfunctioned. Approximately 250 individuals were on the scene at the time of the incident, including both employees of the plant and contract workers.
Everyone has since been accounted for, and 22 are reported to have suffered injuries. Of those injured in the blast, 20 people were taken via ground transport to hospitals to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries that include burns and topical wounds. Two others were taken via Life Flight for severe burns.
Around noon today, Kuraray released a statement to confirm that the incident occurred at their EVAL™ facility. Per that statement, the fire has since been extinguished and there’s no threat to the surrounding area. The company is currently reported to be in full cooperation with all local authorities and emergency response teams.
The City of Pasadena also posted a statement to its Facebook page that confirmed that they received a level 3 notification from the incident but that there is “no danger to the public at this time.”
They confirmed that no shelter in place has been issued for residents at this time.