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Why Did Chemicals at a Harvey-Ravaged Facility Explode? - Scientific American

Peroxides at a Texas plant, owned by the company Arkema, are “one small step away from ignition”. By Emma Stoye, Chemistry World on September 5, 2017. Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share on Reddit. Stumble Upon. Share via. Print. Why Did ...and more »

Two explosions were reported at a flooded chemical plant in Texas and experts worry more explosions could occur - Business Insider

Explosions have been reported at a chemical plant near Houston, Texas, which was hit by flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north east of Houston. It lost power and its ...and more »

Crippled water system, chemical plant blaze, vivid examples of Harvey's cascading effects - Washington Post

BEAUMONT, Tex. — The prolonged misery from Hurricane Harvey peaked here Friday in the southeast corner of the state, where a crippled municipal water system left residents lacking running water, unable to flush toilets, desperate for basic sanitation ...and more »

What's happening at the Arkema chemical plant - Chemistry World

In the aftermath of hurricane Harvey, chemicals stored at a plant in Crosby, near Houston, US, have begun to ignite. Experts are warning that future fires and explosions are extremely likely. How did this happen and what can be done to contain the ...and more »

Chemical Fire Burns At Flooded Arkema Plant In Crosby, Texas - NPR

Updated at 10:40 p.m. ET. Fire broke out and containers of chemicals burst at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, early Thursday, confirming fears that highly flammable organic peroxides produced at the plant could pose a threat after Hurricane Harvey ...and more »

The disaster in Crosby is purely man-made. - Houston Chronicle

First came the water; then came the fire. Explosions and flames erupted into the air at a chemical plant in Crosby very early Thursday morning. Floodwaters had knocked out the cooling system needed to prevent organic peroxides from breaking down, and ...and more »

Experts are worried about volatile chemicals at Houston plant, but not alarmed - Washington Post

The breakdown of volatile chemicals that ignited a fire at a chemical plant outside Houston is cause for concern but not necessarily a major threat to public health, authorities and experts said Thursday. “At this time we are responding to a fire, not ...and more »

Harvey pounded the nation's chemical epicenter. What's in the foul-smelling floodwater left behind? - Los Angeles Times

The pounding rains of Hurricane Harvey washed over the conduits, cooling towers, ethylene crackers and other esoteric equipment of the nation's largest complex of chemical plants and petroleum refineries, leaving behind small lakes of brown, foul ...and more »

Explosions possible after 'pops' heard at storm-crippled Texas chemical plant, officials say - Washington Post

CROSBY, Tex. — Hours after noisy “chemical reactions” and fires broke out at a storm-battered chemical plant — sending numerous sheriff's deputies to the hospital, and spreading smoke and alarm across the area — the facility's operators warned that ...and more »

Chemicals At Flooded Texas Plant In Danger Of Exploding - NPR

A chemical plant just northeast of Houston is at risk of explosion following the failure of refrigeration equipment that is needed to cool the volatile compounds produced there. The CEO of Arkema Inc., Rich Rowe, said Wednesday that the Crosby, Texas ...and more »