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HOUSTON The body of a contract worker, who was reported missing Tuesday after explosions at the Enterprise Products storage plant in Mont Belvieu, was found Wednesday, officials said.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at Enterprise Products, located at 10203 FM 1942.

Officials confirmed Rick Shaw was working in the area where they believe the fire occurred.

His sister-in-law said co-workers last saw him running away from the flames shortly after the explosions. Shaw's truck was found near the site of the explosion.

It sounded like a tornado, roaring, roaring, roaring, said witness Bennie Holmes. And the flames went high, high, high. From my vantage point, I could actually feel some of the heat.

The mid-day explosion burst open a line carrying mostly butane and propane, company spokesman Rick Rainey said.

Rainey said workers were aware of some kind of problem in the pipeline before the blast and heard a hissing sound. Employees in the plant s control room had started shutdown procedures when the line appeared to rupture, he said.

They were detecting .. abnormal operating conditions, and they started shutting down, he said.

The cause of the blast was under investigation.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P., based in Houston, provides services to producers and consumers of natural gas and other refined products and petrochemicals.

According to company information, it has some 49,100 miles of pipeline and 196 million barrels of storage capacity for liquids and 27 billion cubic feet of natural gas storage.

In the area beneath Mont Belvieu are salt caverns that make up the world s largest storage site for hydrocarbons. Numerous leaks, explosions and other industrial accidents, some of them causing fatalities, have occurred in the area s petrochemical plants over the years. An underground gas leak in 1980 forced 72 families from their homes for nearly five months.

A decade ago, a pipeline ruptured and exploded and forced 40 people from their homes.

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