Explosion Reported At Dow (Updated: no emergency)

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A ruptured vessel at Dow caused an explosion this morning. No injuries were reported and nothing was harmed off-site. The explosion happened around 8am. As of 10:15, officials were touring the site to assess damages. Dow then released a final update at 2:45 this afternoon. Here is what they said on their facebook page:

 

Final Update @ 2:45 p.m.

There is no ongoing emergency at the site. The site is stable and we are in recovery mode at our Glycol 2 unit. The rest of our production units continue to run safely and reliably.

Thanks to the men and women of Glycol 2, our Emergency Site Services and our fire brigade members who responded quickly and safely to the event.

All employees and contract employees are to report to work as normal. Come as you do everyday, with your commitment to the environment, everyone’s safety and health.

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Update @ 10:15 a.m.

The production unit is stable. Leadership and our response team is on site walking through the unit. There are no injuries associated with this event. And Dow is in direct contact with regulatory agencies and local community officials.

We will continue to conduct air monitoring. There is no detection on or off site. What you will see from the unit is steam as we keep the steam headers warm during shutdown. (See photo attached from 9:36 am)

The rest of the site continues to run safely with normal flaring.
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9:00 a.m.

Dow Louisiana Operations had a vessel that ruptured at the site this morning. The noise was heard in the community.

There are no injuries on site, and we are currently conducting air monitoring. We have stopped all flow that was going to the vessel.

During our initial assessment there does not appear to be any offsite impact other than the noise.

Please stay tuned here for the next update.

Update @ 10:15 a.m.

The production unit is stable. Leadership and our response team is on site walking through the unit. There are no injuries associated with this event. And Dow is in direct contact with regulatory agencies and local community officials.

We will continue to conduct air monitoring. There is no detection on or off site. What you will see from the unit is steam as we keep the steam headers warm during shutdown. (See photo attached from 9:36 am)

The rest of the site continues to run safely with normal flaring.
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9:00 a.m.

Dow Louisiana Operations had a vessel that ruptured at the site this morning. The noise was heard in the community.

There are no injuries on site, and we are currently conducting air monitoring. We have stopped all flow that was going to the vessel.

During our initial assessment there does not appear to be any offsite impact other than the noise.

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