BREAKING: Massive explosion at a chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas, residents ordered to shelter pic.twitter.com/7csSMETw7S— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 8, 2023
Shelter-in-place order issued after chemical plant explosion in Shepherd, Texas; smoke visible for milespic.twitter.com/0krc7baQlk— BNO News (@BNONews) November 8, 2023
At around 9 a.m. CT, the San Jacinto County Office of Emergency Management urged people in the immediate vicinity of the plant to evacuate. “CHEMICAL PLANT ON FIRE FM 1127 in Shepherd,” the office posted on Facebook. “At this time a private school located on FM 1127 has been safely evacuated. All other residents living in a five mile radius around this location should shelter in place at this time.” In neighboring Polk County, emergency management officials posted on Facebook, acknowledging the chemicals in the air. “At this time, the effects of the chemical in the air are unknown,” the post read in part. Emergency management officials also shared a projected map of a smoke plume from the National Weather Service warning people in the area the smoke would likely continue to head in a north northeastern direction. The city of Livingston was directly in the path of the smoke. The initial five-mile radius shelter order was later reduced to one mile, KHOU reported. Local law enforcement and health officials scheduled a media briefing for Wednesday afternoon. Numerous highways near Shepherd were completely closed as of midday local time.
BREAKING: Explosion reported at chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas; shelter-in-place issued for nearby towns pic.twitter.com/5wiXPGKkXD— Intel Point Alert (@IntelPointAlert) November 8, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.