Doorbell Video Catches Blinding Chemical Plant Explosion Miles Away
One minute on Wednesday, doorbell video cameras in Port Neches, Texas, were recording the uneventful scenes of the yard of Eddie Ramirez.
The next minute, the video was recording the sky light up and a piece of a porch light tumble to ground after a 1 a.m. explosion at the TPC Group’s chemical plant three miles away.
Doorbell cameras in Port Neches, Texas captured the moment of a chemical refinery explosion that rocked the city, injuring at least three people, and even breaking a light fixture a distance away. https://t.co/WD0p6f2Vt0 pic.twitter.com/r2t5hgu58n— ABC News (@ABC) November 27, 2019
“My video cameras caught the moment impact. I hope and pray that everyone is ok,” Ramirez wrote of the blast, which shattered windows at homes across the area and was felt more than 30 miles from the plant’s location.
Others shared dramatic footage of the explosions and the fires that followed.
WAIT FOR IT: This video shows the intensity of the chemical plant explosion this morning in southeast Texas. The fire from the TPC plant explosion is still burning, and plumes of smoke can be seen from miles away. // video courtesy of Michael Buell pic.twitter.com/4Z4PDNNkRS— Hanna Battah (@HannaBattahFox4) November 27, 2019
A major explosion at a chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas early this morning has started mandatory evacuations for all residents within a half-mile of the TPC Group Plant.— ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) November 27, 2019
Residents beyond that area: Shelter in Place.#PortNeches #HuntsmanChemicalPlant pic.twitter.com/OBF85iKAXG
Three people were injured after two explosions 45 minutes apart ripped through the plant.
Fifty-thousand people were evacuated from their homes and were allowed to return beginning on Friday, CBS reported.
“I want to make it clear that no one is to approach the TPC plant and the areas that are going to be blocked off,” Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick said, according to WFAA.