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Dow Chemical Ethylene Pipe Explodes in Port Arthur, Texas

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) - An ethylene pipeline in the city of Port Arthur, Texas, belonging to Dow Chemical ruptured and exploded Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Port Arthur Fire Department said.

He said crews had blocked the pipe and were waiting for the fire to burn out. A nearby crude butadiene pipeline belonging to Texas Petrochemicals was also leaking.

None of the area refineries or other industrial installations had been evacuated. Residents downwind of the fire were asked to stay in their homes as a precaution, the spokesman said.

Pipeline Explosion in Port Arthur Scares Residents, No Injuries

A pipeline rupture and explosion in Port Arthur at Highway 69 and 60Th Street shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday morning..

The pipeline is owned by Union Carbide, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical.

Added: Oct-18-2007 
By: Floyd Anderson
Tags: Port Arthur, Texas, Pipeline, Explosion, Ethylene
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