A massive explosion occurred at a chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas.
At least one person is confirmed to be injured in the blast.
Officials are warning everyone to stay clear of the plant.
A shelter-in-place was issued for a 5-mile radius.
The cause of the explosion is currently unknown.
Several videos of the incident are circulating on social media:
BREAKING: Shelter-in-place order issued after significant explosion at chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas. pic.twitter.com/j4UiAR3P3c
— Breaking 4 News (@Breaking_4_News) November 8, 2023
— VOZ (@Voz_US) November 8, 2023
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) November 8, 2023
USA Today reported on the fiery blast:
A fiery explosion at a chemical plant in east Texas on Wednesday sent a plume of smoke over the area as residents were asked to shelter in place, officials said.
Officials in San Jacinto County said people should avoid the plant in Shepherd, Texas, a city of just over 2,000 people. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.
San Jacinto Office of Emergency Management said residents in a 5-mile radius should shelter in place, but later reduced the radius to 1 mile. A private school near the plant had been safely evacuated, the agency said.
Video of chemical plant explosion in Shepherd, Texas
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) November 8, 2023
According to Fox 26 Houston, there is at least one injury:
A source tells FOX 26 that one person has been injured and is being taken to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. According to the source, the person has first-degree burns to the face and second-degree and third-degree burns to the arms.
Information continues to pour in.
Stay tuned for updates.
#BREAKING Evacuations underway after massive explosion at chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas.
— Fast News Network (@fastnewsnet) November 8, 2023
BREAKING: Massive explosion at a chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas, residents ordered to shelter pic.twitter.com/7csSMETw7S
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 8, 2023
BREAKING: Explosion reported at chemical plant in Shepherd, Texas; shelter-in-place issued for nearby towns pic.twitter.com/5wiXPGKkXD
— Intel Point Alert (@IntelPointAlert) November 8, 2023
BREAKING: Another video of the chemical plant explosion in Shepherd, Texas with huge fire balls and massive black clouds. pic.twitter.com/qxrFve52TP
— Insider Corner (@insiderscorner) November 8, 2023