Accident Description

Accident: Marcus Oil and Chemical Tank Explosion

Location: Location: Houston, TX

Accident Occurred On: 12/03/2004 | Final Report Released On: 06/06/2006

Accident Type: Chemical Manufacturing - Fire and Explosion

Investigation Status: The CSB issued a case study report on this incident at a news conference in Houston on June 6, 2006.

On the evening of December 3, a storage tank failed catastrophically at the Marcus Oil and Chemical polyethylene wax facility in Houston. The blast, which was felt up to 20 miles from the plant site, ignited large fires that burned for several hours, and two firefighters were injured during the emergency response. Off-site buildings near the facility - including two churches, a house, and a social club - exhibited structural damage, such as broken windows and cracked walls.