Residents Told to Evacuate on Risk of Explosion at Texas Chemical Plant

(Reuters) -

All residents within 1.5 miles of a chemical plant in southeast Texas were told to evacuate as a “precautionary measure” on Tuesday because of the rising risk of an explosion, the local fire marshal’s office said in a Twitter message.

Earlier on Tuesday, the owner of the plant, Arkema SA , said in a statement the situation at its Crosby, Texas, plant “has become serious” and evacuated all of its staff from the facility.