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Dow Chemical Port Arthur, Tex, ethylene pipe explodes
Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:08am EDT

NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) - An ethylene pipeline in the city of Port Arthur, Texas, belonging to Dow Chemical ruptured and exploded Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Port Arthur Fire Department said.

He said crews had blocked the pipe and were waiting for the fire to burn out. A nearby crude butadiene pipeline belonging to Texas Petrochemicals was also leaking.

None of the area refineries or other industrial installations had been evacuated. Residents downwind of the fire were asked to stay in their homes as a precaution, the spokesman said.

Source: Reuters

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