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US-TX: [PUBLIC] Crosby Police Say Chemical Plant Hit by 'Non-Toxic Pop,' Not Explosion - August 31

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzales said on August 30 that chemicals were released from a flood-damaged plant in Crosby because of a non-toxic “pop” rather than an explosion.Gonzales made the comments in a press conference following earlier reports of an explosion at the Arkema chemical plant. “This event had been expected and planned,” Gonzales said. “There were different organic peroxides of different grades that were released and it created a pop in the containers where they were being stored, and some gray smoke initially emanated from it and it turned into black smoke.” “It is not anything toxic. It is not anything we think is a danger to the community at all," he said. “It wasn’t an explosion; I want to be very clear.” He also confirmed that eight of the 15 deputies earlier taken to hospital for smoke inhalation had been released, while 7 others were still being evaluated. Credit: Harris County Sheriff’s Office via StoryfulMore.

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