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'A mad dash to the exits': Employee describes Crosby plant explosion

The employee said he and some other plant workers were walking out because of a "chemical release" when the explosion happened.

CROSBY, Texas — A KMCO employee spoke to KHOU 11 News Tuesday afternoon after he had to evacuate during the Crosby plant explosion.

The employee named Justin told KHOU 11 reporter Adam Bennett he was just a few hundred feet away when it happened.

He said an operator initially told him and fellow crew members to leave the building because there was a chemical release.

And then about 30 seconds later, as they were walking out, the tank exploded and then "it was a mad dash to the exits." 

He said some of his coworkers were just about a 100 feet from the explosion.

"It was terrifying. It was definitely terrifying... I don't know...there's always a danger but you never expect it to happen." he said.

Another crew member, Ben, said the foreman was rounding everyone up after hearing something on the radio when the explosion happened and people started running out of the warehouse.

The explosion happened around 10:45 a.m. at the KMCO plant on Ramsey Road. It involved a chemical called isobutylene. 

One person was killed and two others were injured in the explosion.

"We are deeply saddened to confirm at this time that there have been injuries and one fatality. Those injured have been transported for medical treatment," KMCO President and CEO John C. Foley said in a statement. 

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the individuals involved, as well as our first responders, employees, and our community."


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