At Least 4 Injured in KMTEX Explosion

An official with the Port Arthur Fire Department said that at least four fire trucks, Port Arthur Police units, ambulances and a helicopter were on the scene at the KMTEX Chemical Plant where an explosion has injured three to four people, one of them with a concussion and several fractures.

The plant is located at 2400 S. Gulfway.

The official said the concussion victim will be flown to Hermann Baptist Hospital in Houston while its expected the other injured persons will be sent to local hospitals.

It remains unclear what caused the explosion. Highway 87 has been shut down north and southbound a quarter of a mile going both ways from the Intercoastal Canal Bridge. More information from the scene will be released as the scene is secured.