Pasadena container plant explosion likely due to chemicals, officials say

2 firefighters admitted to hospital for observation

By Alex Green - Content Editor, Jennifer Bauer - Reporter

PASADENA, Texas - Two firefighters were injured in an explosion at a container plant in Pasadena, authorities said.

Pasadena fire marshals said firefighters responded Wednesday to an explosion at Schutz Container Systems Inc. in the 5000 block of Underwood.

Authorities said workers were cleaning 250- to 300-gallon containers when the "flash" explosion happened.

Thirty employees, who were inside at the time of the explosion, were evacuated and are now being interviewed.

Fire Chief David Brannon said he believes there was some sort of chemical reaction.

"Everything is contained within the building," Brannon said. "We still have the chemical exposure in there and the mist of that in the air, so we're concerned."

Hazmat crews are at the scene trying to determine exactly what type of chemicals were being used. Brannon said air testing was being done, but they don't believe there is a threat to the public and no shelter in place order was issued because everything was contained.

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital, where they were admitted for observation. It appears their injuries may be inhalation-related due to breathing chemicals.

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