Accident Description

Accident: Arkema Inc. Chemical Plant Fire

Location: Location: Crosby, TX

Accident Occurred On: 08/29/2017 | Final Report Released On: 05/24/2018

Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The CSB's final investigation report was released at a news conference in Houston, Texas, on May 24, 2018

On August 29, 2017, flooding from Hurricane Harvey disabled the refrigeration system at the Arkema plant in Crosby, TX, which manufactures organic peroxides. The following day people within a 1.5 mile radius were evacuated. As the trailers increased in temperature the peroxides spontaneously combusted on August 31. Officials ignited the remaining trailers, on Sunday, September 3, 2017. The evacuation zone was lifted on September 4, 2017.?