Four workers suffer injuries in Pasadena plant explosion

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PASADENA, TX – The latest industrial accident comes from a plant explosion near Pasadena. Shortly before 8am, the explosion was reported at the SunEdison plant in Southeast Harris County. They make polysilicon there.

Four workers at the plant were transported to local hospitals. All are in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.

While the incident is under investigation, little information is known about the cause of the explosion.

Captain Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office explained, “Right now we know we’ve had a chemical release from a chemical called Silane. That’s all we know right now, we’re working with the plant, their safety officials, and their staff.”

According to officials, the surrounding community is safe.

“It’s really early in the investigation, so we don’t really know exactly what happened but right now everything appears to be safe and there is no danger to anybody in the area,” added Hensley.

Plant officials are waiting for the chemical to burn off before they can search for more clues to the cause. For now, safety is their main concern.

“SunEdison is cooperating fully with the local authorities, and we are gathering information about the accident. Right now our focus is on the safety of our employees,” said Lynette Schulte with SunEdison’s Pasadena Plant.

Fortunately, this incident wasn’t any worse because it could have been.



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