La Porte, TX (July 28, 2021) - Investigators in La Porte are currently searching for the cause of a dangerous leak of around 100,000 pounds of acetic acid at a chemical plant in Texas. The incident occurred on Tuesday night and took two lives. Thirty workers were also injured, according to information from officials.
Sources describe the event as a “mass casualty incident” that happened at the La Porte facility of LyondellBasell at approximately 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. Of the 30 hospitalized workers, one suffered burns while the remainder had respiratory complications.
In addition to two deaths at the scene, two others were in critical condition according to Harris County officials. Twenty-four workers were treated and released. Government agencies along with law enforcement officials are currently investigating the circumstances of the accident.
The complex is the world’s third-largest producer of glacial acetic acid. Acetic acid can be used to create plastics, fibers, paints, film, inks, and cosmetics, to name a few. It is a flammable liquid that has the potential to cause severe burns to the skin and damage to the eyes.
At approximately 5:15 a.m. Wednesday, LyondellBasell stated that the leak had been isolated and contained. A quote from a company spokesperson stated that approximately 100,000 pounds of a mixture including acetic acid, was released.
Air monitoring conducted while the incident was taking place did not indicate noticeable levels, however, monitoring continues to be ongoing at this time. Officials from LyondellBasell continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident.
Our thoughts are with those involved in hopes of a full recovery. We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased at this time.
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