A massive fire at a Texas petrochemical storage terminal will continue to burn and spew jet-black smoke for two more days, officials say.
Yesterday (March 18), the blaze—which started March17—engulfed tanks holding the toxic chemicals naphtha, xylene, and toluene at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, near Houston. Naphtha and xylene are components in the production of gasoline and other petroleum products. Toluene, a widely applied solvent, is in nail-polish remover, glues and paint thinner, the Houston Chronicle notes.
Company officials say, as of yesterday, the air-quality measurements had not reached dangerous levels beyond the facility, where photos show the massive column of black smoke emerging from the terminal. Harris County officials warned nearby residents that the smoke could irritate eyes and skin and cause breathing problems.