September 3, 2017 / 8:53 PM / 2 years ago

Texas chemical plant to burn containers at risk of explosion -officials

HOUSTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) - The operators of a Crosby, Texas, chemical factory that ran out of electricity needed to keep flammable material refrigerated will burn the remaining trailers holding the substance, officials said on Sunday.

Arkema SA, the French chemicals company that runs the plant, and Harris County fire officials decided to burn the 6 remaining trailers of organic peroxides, each storing about 500,000 pounds of the materials as a “proactive measure.”

Officials last week evacuated residents and installed a 1.5 mile perimeter around the area, and warned the materials would likely ignite as temperatures rose.

The EPA said in a statement on Sunday that “rather than risk additional damage to the facility or spreading into the surrounding area”, local fire officials would start a controlled burn. (Reporting by Gary McWilliams; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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