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Latest developments in plant explosion in Pascagoula

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Enterprise Products gas explosion (Photo: Pascagoula Fire Dept.) Enterprise Products gas explosion (Photo: Pascagoula Fire Dept.)
Enterprise Products gas explosion (Photo: Pascagoula Fire Department) Enterprise Products gas explosion (Photo: Pascagoula Fire Department)
Enterprise Products gas explosion (Photo: Pascagoula Fire Department) Enterprise Products gas explosion (Photo: Pascagoula Fire Department)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WALA) -

It's a story we first told you about on FOX10 News at 4:30 Tuesday morning.

Two explosions rocked the Enterprise Pascagoula Natural Gas Processing Plant late Monday night.

They woke up people over a large area and prompted some to leave their homes.

Home video and pictures showed the intensity of the flames.
 
Emergency crews say there were two explosions at the Enterprise plant about 11:30 Monday night.

Earl Etheridge, director of the Jackson County Office of Emergency Services, said, "Two employees were on duty at the time.  They were in an explosion proof control room."  

There were no injuries and no mandatory evacuations, but authorities say some people living near the plant left on their own.

Brian Grider was driving in the area and stopped to talk to an officer.

He said, "You could actually feel the heat while I was talking to him."

Grider said he was about 300 yards away from the scene.

He said, "You could honestly feel the heat from it and he (the officer) said, 'You need to go the other way.'  I said,  'Okay.' 

Authorities were worried about more explosions, so they worked to cool off the pipelines.

Etheridge said, "If you put the fire out and you still have the liquid leaking, it's going to vaporize. It's going  to find another ignition source and you'll have another fire. So, what you do is block off the valve, block off all the piping coming into the plant, and whatever's in the piping, you let that burn off." 

By morning, you could see one of the plant's towers was heavily burned.

The facility was shut down while crews did damage assessment and tried to find the cause.

Mike Spinks, Enterprise Regional Operations Director, said, "The safety systems all operated absolutely as they should and properly and, so, everything is secure and safe, and they'll be further investigation." 
 
The plant had been owned by BP Amoco until it was bought by Enterprise June 1.

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