Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Review - Mass Casualty Event in Texas – 7-28-21

I have had a couple of long-time readers ask me to comment on this, so here goes. Last night there was an incident at a plant outside of Houston, TX that killed at least two people. Early news reports (here, here and here) would seem to indicate that there was a release (one report says 100,000 lbs) of acetic acid, perhaps glacial acetic acid. A number of people were taken to local hospitals, and more were treated on site.

We are a long way from knowing what actually happened at the facility. There has not yet been an announcement about the Chemical Safety Board sending a team to investigate, but with two deaths, that is an almost forgone conclusion.

For a more detailed look at the limited facts available, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - - subscription required.

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