The city of Deer Park, Texas, issued a shelter-in-place order early Thursday due to airborne levels of the hazardous chemical benzene in the wake of a three-day fire at a petrochemicals storage facility. City facilities, schools and some roads were closed.
Harris County officials said the National Guard and hazardous materials teams have established perimeters around the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, which is about 15 miles southeast of Houston.
Initially, the company told its workers to stay indoors after it detected “action” levels of benzene at its tank farm southeast of Houston. The company said a “chemical odor incident occurred at our facility. At this time, (an) odor may be noticeable to the community. We are coordinating with local officials, and working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”
Residents in Deer Park, Texas, have been told to shelter in place once again today over concerns about air quality following a four-day chemical fire. pic.twitter.com/kMUuxLZIZj
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 21, 2019
Deer Park a ghost town this morning after shelter in place order issued due to benzene levels. pic.twitter.com/yavCD7YZGE
— Jeff Ehling (@JeffEhlingABC13) March 21, 2019
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