PASADENA, TX (01/16/2016) — One person was killed and three others were injured following a chemical explosion that happened on Saturday afternoon.
According to authorities, an explosion at a chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas left three hospitalized and one person deceased.
Police reported that the incident occurred at the PeroxyChem plant at around 12:45 p.m., located at 12000 Bay Area Boulevard. Their official website states that the company produces hydrogen peroxide, calcium peroxide, persulfates and peracetic acid for electronics, energy, environmental, food safety, and other industrial and consumer markets.
A PeroxyChem official stated that a contractor was transferring a mixture of chemicals when the equipment exploded. Authorities report that the cause was due to an over-pressurized tank.
“Plant employees and contractors were conducting a routine function when the contractor’s equipment exploded,” spokeswoman Natalie Kay said in an email. “The site’s emergency response plan was implemented. The emergency situation is contained. Current activities are focused on ensuring the safe and secure state of the plant and its employees.”
The force of the explosion killed a contractor, who identity has not yet been released.
One worker suffered a broken arm, and two others were exposed to the chemical. The individuals were all taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.