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List Of Major Industrial Accidents Along Texas Coast With PM-Plant Explosion, Bjt

July 7, 1990

Undated (AP) _ Here is a list of some of the worst industrial accidents along the Texas coast over the past half century:

- July 5, 1990: Seventeen die in an explosion at the Arco Chemical Co. plant in Channelview, near Houston.

- Oct. 23, 1989: An explosion at the Phillips Petroleum Co. plastics plant on the Houston Ship Channel killed 23 and injured 130.

- Nov. 5, 1985: Two men were killed when the Warren Petroleum plant at Mont Belvieu exploded. An additional 150 workers reached safety only minutes before the facility, owned by Chevron U.S.A., ignited in a ball of flame hundreds of feet high.

- Oct. 13, 1981: Six workers were killed in a explosion of a polyethylene plant owned by Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport.

- Dec. 27, 1977: An explosion at the Farmer’s Export Co. grain elevator on the Galveston docks took the lives of 18 workers. Grain dust, ignited by a spark, caused a flash fire.

- Feb. 22, 1976: An explosion and fire at the Goodpasture Inc. grain elevator killed nine.

- Nov. 8, 1959: The tanker Amoco Virginia exploded and burned while docked at the Hess Terminal on the ship channel. Eight people were killed.

- April 16, 1947: The worst industrial accident in U.S. history occurred when the French ship Grandcamp exploded while docked at Texas City. The vessel was loaded with ammonia nitrate fertilizer. The next day, another fertilizer- laden ship, the High Flyer, also blew up. Authorities said 576 people were killed and 5,000 were injured.

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