UpdateTexas hydrochloric acid leak sends 9 to hospital

25 October 2012 16:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Nine people were treated and released from a hospital after hydrochloric acid escaped from a vessel at a plant in Texas City, Texas, the plant's owner said on Thursday.

The vessel failed on Wednesday at a plant owned by the Dallas Group of America, said Bruce Clawson with the Texas City Office of Emergency Management.

As a result, 300 gal (1,100 litres) escaped from the vessel, he said.

A shelter-in-place order was issued at 23:00 hours Texas City time (04:00 GMT) on Wednesday, under which residents remained indoors with air-conditioning units turned off and windows and doors shut.

The restriction was lifted at 05:00 hours, according to the city's emergency management website.

Nine people were treated at a hospital and released, said Diane Tracy, spokeswoman with the Dallas Group.

Among the nine were four fire fighters, one Dallas Group employee and four employees at a neighbouring plant, she said.

The company is investigating the leak, she said.

The plant in Texas City makes ammonium chloride, she said.

Additional reporting by William Lemos

By: Al Greenwood
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