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One person suffered an injury in a refinery explosion in Pasadena, TX, police said Saturday.

It happened around 10:15 a.m. at the Pasadena Refining System, owned by Petrobras.
Officials said workers were starting a compressor when the fire started.

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OSHA records indicate at least nine citations for the plant in the past.

Plant personnel told Pasadena police there was no chemical release inside the plant.

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The injured worker ended up rushed to Bayshore Medical Center with a flash burn to the hand, and then released shortly after.

Authorities closed the Houston Ship Channel at 10:40 a.m. and it didn’t reopen until 2:25 p.m. Also, the Washburn tunnel was closed in both directions.

Here is Petrobras’ statement on the incident:

“Petrobras announces that earlier today, March 5th, at 1:15 p.m., Brasília time, a fire broke out at the Diesel Hydrotreating Unit belonging to Pasadena Refinery System Inc. (PRSI), in Texas/USA. The mutual assistance plan, an agreement between the refinery and the local authorities, was put into action and the fire was brought under control. During the incident, a worker was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then released. PRSI and Harris County professionals performed air quality monitoring around the refinery and no external impact was identified.

“As a precaution, the canal in the PRSI area was temporarily closed to shipping, then reopened a few hours later. The refinery continues to operate safely, in accordance with the due operating licenses issued by the responsible bodies.”

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