UPDATE: 21 Injured After Explosion At Pasadena Chemical Plant

The fire is out and there is no threat to the public

According to KHOU 11 News, nearly two dozen people were hurt when a valve malfunctioned, causing an explosion and fire at a plant in Pasadena early Saturday.

The La Porte Police Department at the scene confirms 21 people were hurt in total.

Kuraray America Eval said in a news release that six people were being treated Saturday for non-life threatening injuries and all of the approximately 250 workers at the site have been accounted for. It said the fire is out and there is no threat to the public.

Kuraray America Eval said the incident happened at its facility at Bay Area Boulevard and Choate around 10:43 a.m.

Authorities earlier reported that 20 workers were injured and one was missing.

HCA Healthcare spokesman Sean Burnett says seven people were treated for “non-critical” injuries at the company’s two hospitals, including one who was treated and released.

A spokeswoman for Kuraray and the fire marshal did not immediately return phone messages seeking further information.

The City of Pasadena posted the following statement to its Faceook page:




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