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KMCO Plant Explosion Update – Shelter In Place

4/2/19. There was an explosion around  11:00am at the KMCO L.L.C. industrial plant in Crosby, Texas.  A large black cloud can be seen for miles billowing from the facility.  One death has been reported and several injuries as firefighters fight to put out the chemical plant fire. The KMCO, L.L.C. facility is a processing plant that processes raw materials into product for other companies.

Shelter In Place

According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) a Shelter in Place has been issued for a one-mile radius of the KMCO Plant in Crosby. The Shelter In Place will remain in effect until public health and safety can be assured. If you are in the shelter in place area, you are requested to stay indoors, close all windows and doors, and turn off A/C systems. Also, if you have pets, please remember to bring them inside.

School Districts Affected

The following school districts currently have a shelter in place:

  • Crosby ISD
  • Channelview ISD

Additionally,  there have been several area closings, including:

  • Crosby Park
  • Crosby Sports Complex
  • Crosby Community Center

Air Quality Monitoring

There are a number of potentially hazardous chemicals that may be released in a chemical plant explosion. As a result of this incident, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Harris County Pollution Control are all onsite conducting testing monitoring of air quality.

Helpful Resources

Additional Shelter In Place Information can be found here:   https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/shelterinplace.html

Emergency Planning Guide:  http://www.laportetx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/459/Emergency-Preparedness-Guide-PDF?bidId

Air Monitoring: TCEQ (https://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/monops/hourly_data.html)

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Paul Cannon

Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.