Mandatory evacuation, fires after Texas refinery explosion

first_imgMattGush/iStock(PORT NECHES, Texas) — A mandatory evacuation and curfew were ordered following an explosion at a petrochemical refinery in Texas early Wednesday morning, officials said.At least three tanks are on fire as responders work to keep the fire from spreading to other tanks, officials said during a press conference Wednesday night.Evacuations have been ordered for 4 miles around the TPC Group Port Neches Operations site, the facility where the explosion occurred. There is no estimate of when people can return to their homes, officials stated.Black debris was seen floating in the air after the explosion and the public has been warned not to touch it with bare hands.“The black stuff floating, don’t touch it,” said Troy Monk, the director of Health, Safety and Security at TPC Group.So far, air monitoring has not yielded results that cause concern, Monk said, but monitoring will continue throughout the community. The Red Cross opened a shelter for displaced residents, and the CDC has been requested to educate the community about any health impacts, according to the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.There were three injured in the explosion — two employees and one contractor. They’ve all been released from the hospital, the officials said.The cause of the explosion is under investigation.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

LeBron James turns focus to Lakers playoff push after All-Star win

first_img NBA All-Star Game 2019: 7 crazy stats from Team LeBron’s win over Team Giannis LeBron James immediately switched his attention to the Lakers’ playoff push after his team’s victory in the NBA All-Star Game.Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis, 178-164, on Sunday, with the Lakers superstar contributing 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. NBA All-Star Game 2019: 3 takeaways from Team LeBron’s comeback win James’ groin injury, sustained Christmas Day, and extended absence coincided with the Lakers’ drop in the standings, from fourth to 10th in the Western Conference.And as soon as the All-Star Game was over, James outlined his desire to inspire his team (28-29) on a charge to the postseason. Related Newscenter_img “Looking forward to the second half of the season,” he said. “Looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race. That’s my only mindset.”That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.” THE CAPTAINS! #NBAAllStar #LeBronJames #GiannisAntetokounmpo— NBA (@NBA) February 18, 2019Such is James’ winning mentality, the three-time NBA champion was even desperate to be the first to reach the postgame podium and speak to the media in Charlotte.”You put me on the floor, I love to compete,” he said. “I’m a competitor, no matter what it is. I was competing to see if I can get to this table first. Did anybody come here before me?”See what I’m talking about? See you all the second half of the season.”last_img read more