LA PORTE, Texas – An explosion at an industrial gas facility in La Porte sent a plume of black smoke over Pasadena, causing a shelter-in-place early Saturday.
The shelter-in-place for Pasadena residents was lifted around 9:40 a.m., nearly two hours after it was first issued.
At least one person was sent to the UTMB hospital in Galveston by helicopter. There was no immediate word on any other injuries.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said it was shortly before 8 a.m. when residents starting calling 911 about the sound of “booms.” Witnesses told KHOU News they heard several explosions.
According to The City of La Porte, the explosion and subsequent fire occurred at the Air Liquide cylinder plant on W. Fairmont Parkway near Driftwood Drive. An update from the city indicated the situation was under control.
“Emergency responders are still on scene and the fire is under control. Air monitoring is taking place throughout the city. At this time, nothing has been found that should warrant a shelter in place for the citizens of La Porte.“
The Office of Emergency Management in La Porte said while residents there were never asked to shelter-in-place, some nearby facilities may have had their workers take shelter.
During the Pasadena shelter-in-place, residents south of Spencer Highway and east of Beltway 8 were encouraged to stay inside with their doors and windows closed and their A/C off.