Accident Description

Accident: Formosa Plastics Propylene Explosion

Location: Location: Point Comfort, TX

Accident Occurred On: 10/06/2005 | Final Report Released On: 07/20/2006

Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The CSB issued a case study report about this incident at a news conference in Houston on July 20, 2006.

A forklift towing a trailer collided with a line containing highly flammable liquid propylene, causing a release and a vapor cloud explosion. Sixteen workers were injured, the process unit was heavily damaged, and a nearby school was evacuated