Texas was struck by two industrial accidents this week. Twelve people have been confirmed dead, and about 200 have been reported injured, following a horrific explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas on Wednesday. The same day, twelve contract workers were injured, four critically, in a fire at Exxon Mobil’s Beaumont refinery.
Here’s a look back at some major accidents at refineries and chemical facilities that have shook the state over the years.
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Oct. 23, 1989: An explosion at Phillips Petroleum Co. plastics plant in Pasadena kills 23 people and injures 130.
July 5, 1990: An explosion at Arco Chemical Co. chemical plant in Channelview kills 17 people.
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March 29, 2000: An explosion and fire at Phillips Petroleum Co. chemical plant in Pasadena leaves one dead, 71 injured.
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Sept. 2, 2004: Two employees are killed at BP's oil refinery in Texas City when they're burned by super-heated water.
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March 23, 2005: An explosion rocks a BP oil refinery in Texas City, killing 15 people and injuring nearly 200.
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April 17, 2013: Twelve contract workers were hospitalized, four in critical condition, after a fire broke out in a processing unit at Exxon Mobil's Beaumont refinery.