2 injured after storage tank explodes in Baytown

By Click2Houston.com Staff
Published On: Oct 04 2013 01:55:53 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 04 2013 03:05:42 PM CDT
BAYTOWN -

Two people suffered burns after a storage tank exploded in Baytown Friday afternoon.

It happened in the 6400 block of N. Main around 12:30 p.m.

Officials said two employees were injecting a crude oil tank with a caustic material to purposely break down the oil. The chemical they were using had some flammable fumes that was ignited after it reached a heating facility with a pilot light. 

Both workers were injured in the flash fire. They were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital and suffered burns to about 12 percent of their body, mainly around their head and arms, according to city officials.

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