A fiery explosion at a chemical plant in east Texas on Wednesday sent a plume of smoke over the area as residents were asked to shelter in place, officials said.
Officials in San Jacinto County said people should avoid the plant in Shepherd, Texas, a city of just over 2,000 people. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known.
San Jacinto Office of Emergency Management said residents in a 5-mile radius should shelter in place, but later reduced the radius to 1 mile. A private school near the plant had been safely evacuated, the agency said.
A source tells FOX 26 that one person has been injured and is being taken to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. According to the source, the person has first-degree burns to the face and second-degree and third-degree burns to the arms.