In the early morning hours of November 27, 2019, a loud explosion rocked the town of Port Neches.  The Port Neches plant explosion resulted in three people injured, extensive property damage across the town and release of a known carcinogen: Butadiene.  Subsequently at least three more explosions were reported resulting in a smoke stack being launched into the air like a rocket.   A Texas Petrochemicals Group class action has already been launched by victims of property damage from the blast and a mandatory evacuation of the 4-mile radius around the plant was issued at 3:30 p.m.

What is Butadiene?

Butadiene is a chemical used in the making of tires and other rubber and plastic products. It has been shown to cause cancer in lab animals.  Exposure to Butadiene may result in the following symptoms:

  • irritations and/or burns to the eyes and skin
  • drowsiness
  • lightheadedness

It is believed to be a cause of cancer in humans when

Past Violations by the Port Neches Chemical Plant

The Texas Petrochemicals Group had a history of citations for violations of the Clean Air Act.  In 2017, they were ordered to pay over $72,000.00 in civil penalties and upgrade their equipment, including spending $275,000 to upgrade their Butadiene detection system.  This is the second southeast Texas plant explosion  to occur recently wherein the compliance of the chemical leak detection system was in question.

Talk to a Plant Explosion Attorney

If you live in the 4 mile radius of the plant and suffered direct injuries or suffered from eye or skin irritations necessitating medical care, you may be entitled to compensation. A Port Neches plant explosion lawyer may be able to help. Contact Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. for a free consultation.  We charge nothing for the consultation. We also work on a contingency fee basis when we take your case so that you pay us nothing unless we make a recovery.

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Paul Cannon

Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2005. He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017-2019, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal,, HG Legal Resources,, and others. He has been asked to give educational talks and media interviews regarding personal injury law issues..