No explosion at Houston-area chemical plant, fire producing smoke, officials clarify

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Arkema Inc., part of Paris-based Arkema SA, issued a press release in the early morning hours of Aug. 31 that said two explosions and black smoke had been reported at the company’s chemical plant in Crosby northeast of Houston. However, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office clarified in a press conference that there had not been an explosion. Officials said there had been “a series of pops,” which is to be expected as certain chemical containers heat…


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