BREAKING: Emergency shelter-in-place ordered due to benzene levels in city where chemicals facility burned for 3 days (see video)

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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.”

 

 

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