1 killed, 1 hurt in explosion at Texas gas plant

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Associated Press

Posted on February 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say one person has been killed and another seriously injured after a gas plant explosion in southeast Texas.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/Y0a8Wy ) reports that one employee was flown to a hospital after the incident Saturday morning in La Porte, 25 miles southeast of Houston. Another worker was missing.

The newspaper says crews found a body after searching for about 12 hours, but couldn't confirm the victim's identity Saturday night.

The explosion happened at the Air Liquide plant. The company's website describes itself as "the world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment."

A spokeswoman says the facility houses a mix of industrial gases such as nitrogen and hydrogen that are used in the processing of food, beverages and electronics.

Authorities say air monitoring shows no dangerous substances.

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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