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November 24, 1989 | Associated Press
An explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday injured 12 workers, one seriously, authorities said. "Everything's secure, there's no blowout, there's no pollution, anything like that," said Marshall Ballard, president of Penrod Drilling Co. The workers were taken by helicopter to John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Seven workers were treated and released and four were listed in fair condition. One was listed in serious condition.
May 21, 1996 | From Associated Press
An explosion blew out windows early Monday at an office building housing the FBI, prompting the government to tighten security at federal installations in Texas and four surrounding states. No serious injuries were reported in the blast, which occurred shortly before 7 a.m. at Walker Plaza. Investigators said they had no details about the type of explosive used. FBI spokesman Greg Rodriguez said there is no evidence that the FBI was the target; the building contains various businesses.
Searchers gingerly picking their way through the twisted wreckage of a Phillips Petroleum Co. petrochemical plant Tuesday found a second body, and there seemed to be little hope for the 22 other employees who have been missing since a huge explosion rocked the plant Monday afternoon. The explosion, which injured at least 109 people, destroyed half of the huge plant, a Phillips executive said.
December 25, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A wreath of blue and white flowers joined memorials of roses and poinsettias at the gate of a Houston metal-fabricating factory where an explosion killed eight workers. Cliff Hearn, whose brother-in-law Michael Anthony Gunn died in the blast, knelt at the gate to place the flowers. Asked how the family was holding up, Hearn said: "Not good, not good. It's just a terrible, terrible tragedy." Steven Nagy, 29, also was killed by the Sunday night blast at the Wyman-Gordon Forging Co. plant.
A series of explosions rocked the already crippled and burning tanker Mega Borg in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday afternoon, raising fears of an environmental disaster if the ship sinks with its cargo of 38 million gallons of crude oil. The explosions damaged tanks holding some of the oil, sending a torrent of burning crude toward the stern of the ship and into the water. The five explosions occurred over a 10-minute period shortly after noon.
June 9, 1990 | From Associated Press
Explosions rocked a South Texas chemical packaging plant Friday, injuring eight people and sending up bright orange flames and clouds of black smoke visible from downtown Houston 12 miles away. Firefighters said the blaze at the Solvents & Chemicals Inc. plant in an industrial area south of Houston could burn for days. Authorities called for an evacuation of a four-mile area as the fire raged.
August 7, 1999 | From Associated Press
A fireball exploded Friday over the swimming pool of a newly opened hotel near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, seriously burning at least one person and cutting dozens of others with broken glass. No fatalities were reported. There was no fire after the initial blast, and police said nobody had been trapped in the rubble. The hotel's manager said a natural gas line could have been responsible, but a utility spokeswoman at the scene said she did not think gas was involved.
July 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The fire-scarred remains of the tanker Mega Borg were towed from the spot near Galveston, Tex., where the Norwegian vessel was rocked by explosions last month that killed four men and dumped 3.9 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Officials estimated it would take two months to tow the 885-foot tanker to Karachi, Pakistan, where it will be broken up for scrap metal.
The fire and explosion at the Arco Chemical Co. plant in Channelview, Tex., last week is threatening to reduce the availability of some types of gasoline, industry officials said Monday. The explosion that killed 17 workers Thursday forced Arco to cease production there of methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, a component used to make lower-emissions and premium gasolines. Arco Chemical is 83% owned by Los Angeles-based Atlantic Richfield Co.
July 9, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
The widow of a millwright killed in an explosion at the Arco Chemical Co. in Channelview, Tex., said her husband called her half an hour before the blast, saying workers restarting equipment there were afraid it might explode. Lori Davis, 26, said her husband, Michael, had been working at the plant Thursday for Austin Industrial Inc., a subcontractor at Arco Chemical. Davis, 24, called home about 11:15 p.m., she said. Davis died in a blast minutes later along with 16 others.
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