Explosion at chemical plant prompts emergency response in Shepherd, Texas, US, Nov. 8. Evacuate the area.
An emergency team is responding to an explosion in a chemical plant near FM 1127 in Shepherd, San Jacinto County, Texas, on November 8. Officials have evacuated the area, including nearby schools, and residents have been instructed to stay within an eight-kilometer (five-mile) radius for shelter. There are no confirmed reports of casualties, and the cause of the explosion is not clear.
In the coming hours, there is a likelihood of a significant presence of emergency personnel in the area. Disruptions in transportation and commerce in the region are possible. Additionally, road closures may occur.