Jeffrey Fountain / AP
A fire in a petrochemical plant outside Houston was briefly resurrected on Friday and sent another black cloud of smoke up in a place where a flame broke out earlier this week. The fire was preceded by a chemical in the Houston Ship Channel.
On Friday afternoon, the fire appeared to be in a tank farm at Intercontinental Terminals Co. in Deer Park, east of Houston, according to local reports. The incident delayed the clean-up of the original flame, which was first canceled Wednesday after local authorities sent local warnings to residents. After this fire, the Environmental Protection Agency discovered increased levels of benzene.
The cause of the fire on Friday is still unknown. Injuries were not reported.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Intercontinental Terminals alleging violations of the state's air pollution laws.
"Paxton said in a statement," No business should disturb life and endanger public health and safety. "
Paxton described the effects of the original fire and the subsequent release of airborne chemicals:
" The fire caused The release of multiple airborne contaminants, including benzene: Most of the chemicals identified in the fire are used in the manufacture of gasoline, and the short-term exposure to their vapors can cause fatigue, dizziness, and headaches. The residents of Deer Park and neighboring Galena Park meet twice a week. He was told to stay indoors for fear of unhealthy air quality. These concerns led Deer Park ISD and several other districts to cancel classes for several days. "Chemicals spilled and urged the Coast Guard to temporarily suspend traffic in part of the Houston Ship Channel, the site of the country's most populated petrochemical port.