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Houston Refinery Explosion Burns One Worker, Alarms Neighboring Communities

HOUSTON, Texas — One refinery employee sustained burn injuries when a unit of Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. (PRSI) in Pasasena, Texas, exploded Saturday, March 5, sending clouds of toxic, black smoke over surrounding neighborhoods. Authorities have not determined what caused Pasadena Refining Systems’ Hydrogen Desulphurization Unit to explode shortly before 10:15 a.m., but company officials said that the refinery’s emergency response team worked to put out the flames. Black smoke from the refinery explosion descended on adjoining neighborhoods, prompting the closure of sections of the Houston Ship Channel. The U.S. Coast Guard sent hazmat teams to the area to investigate air ... Read More